Review: John Selway and Jason Szostek, who have respectively achieved a world-wide status over the last 10 years, started producing dance beats under the Synapse moniker, back in the midst of an electro wave that swept over NYC in the mid 90s. The project is now more relevant than ever, what with the re-rise of electro, so they've gone back in the studio to show everyone how it's done. "Cosmic Connection", as the title implies, is a deep and wondrous electro jam for the late-night hours, while "The Freak" turns to the more industrial end of the scale. Over on the B-side, "Gas" is all about the electrifying bass that circles the airwaves, and "Bubble" stretches out some fine dub-echo bass that lands on the same tonalities as labels like Echoplex.
Review: When John Selway brought his dancing hands to the keyboard to begin work on his first full EP on Serotonin Records since 'Zoids Vol 2' in 1998, he channelled cosmic soul to create the next generation of intergalactic funk. His EP 'Light Language' surfs the solar winds to the space between breaks and electro where his musical adventures are free to explore the frontiers of dance. 'Light Language' permeates with the angelic voices of our true selves. The voice is the primary and complete musical instrument. When John was not yet born his mother sang to him in utero. A musical soul so innate it resonates celestial tonalities. All captured here on this twelve inch disk delivered by the galaxian voyager and pressed for human kind by Serotonin Records.
Heidi Sabertoorh - "So You Want To Take Back Your Will" (6:37)
Synapse - "Shiny" (locked groove) (0:30)
Somatic Responses - "Strategy Of Desire" (5:22)
John Selway - "Brainchild" (5:29)
Pointsman - "Dirty Shirt" (locked groove) (0:30)
Review: Seminal New York City imprint Serotonin lives on. John Selway and Jason Szostek present It's What We Live For: Volume 2 - the second in a series of compilations sharing their vision of sounds of tomorrow. Szostek himself dons the well known BPMF alias again for some fierce breakbeat techno action on "Zu Heib Fur Uns", the equally legendary Healy brothers aka Somatic Response still going strong - as heard on the slo-mo acid trance journey "Strategy Of Desire" and relative newcomer Heidi Sabertooth of Opal Onyx delivers some sludgy electro-punk antics on "So You Want To Take Back Your Will". There's some handy locked grooves on the electro-bass tip featured too by Synapse and Pointsman, which were pretty wicked too.