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a sagittariun - dream ritual (cd)


ARTIST // a sagittariun
LABEL // elastic dreams (uk)
CAT // edreams001cd


The shadowy UK techno artist A Sagittariun releases his debut album. Dream Ritual comes off the back of a steady stream of well-received EPs from The Archer on his own Elastic Dreams label, releases that have captured the imaginations of the electronic community for their depth and diversity, where old techno breaks collide with Detroit techno aesthetics, ambient dub sits alongside industrially-charged electro, and many more sound palettes in between. Dream Ritual is a journey through moods and tempos, each track sprinkled with a stargazing quality. Opening track "Sundial" sets the tone, the percussive elements teasing in and out of a melodious, thick analog cloud. "Crystallization" sees A Sagittariun collaborate with veteran guitarist Skip McDonald (Sugarhill Gang/Tackhead/On-U Sound), whose guitar licks have graced Sugarhill classics like "The Message" and "White Lines," as well as working with the likes of James Brown, Afrika Bambaataa, George Clinton, and more. The sprawling, dub-tinged piece evokes shades of Boards Of Canada, spacey guitar licks meet downtown with A Sagittariun's take on ambient dub. The album weaves its way through a heady mix of sounds, be it the old skool breakbeats of "Conquering Lions" and "A Lucid Dream," the driving classic techno sounds of "V4641 Sgr," "The South Node," and "Network Restoration," industrial slabs of dub funk and concentrated jazzy electronica. Dream Ritual represents the versatility of A Sagittariun, and presents a collection of music for the listening experience as opposed to a dancefloor record, hopefully following the lineage of some of the classic techno and electronic albums that have paved the way and most definitely influenced A Sagittariun on this record.

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