Textbeak & Voctave - 'Flex' (SQL008)

by Textbeak & Voc:tave

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This EP boldly and carefully pushes the sonic perception with new ideas showcasing the expanding talents of Textbeak and Voc:tave. Ingredients include: hours spent sampling rare library finds, VHS tapes and mangled vinyl and looping, delaying and phasing to bring out that deep dusty dub sound. In fact, the whole project deals with inspiration, history and influences between each-other. Leaving room for each track to float and disintegrate.
One foggy evening in Lakewood, Ohio...inside an old, dark attic crate, “Rotoscope” was recorded in the den of the beast. Part live performance and sound clash, part tooling and mega manipulation. It’s sparse yet overloaded and that’s how we felt while writing it.

“Flex” grew out a sampled loop from the the end of the song “Tribal Loops Makr” that took a 360 degree turn from the original source. Voc:tave has a habit of starting beat loops in odd places to swing the emphasis of the track away from the actual first beat or down kick. I did that same thing with this groove on “Flex.” When the track felt like it was reaching a plateau of mental fabric, I started hitting cheezy factory percussion sounds (Scratch, Whip, Whistle, etc. all the sounds no one ever uses) through delay overtop as the absolute icing on the cake. This equalled a ROFL recording session.


released April 27, 2015

Artwork by Jeff Everett & Josh Mace
PR by Marko Chavez
Mastered in-house at SQL HQ



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