This was the first Vladislav Delay I ever heard, and it still holds a special place in my heart. The grooves are deep as an oceanic abyss, the sludge is molten flux, the superstructure inscrutable and alive. This one opened a trapdoor deep inside me.
Favorite track: The Third Quarter.
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Vladislav Delay continues to mine his much loved seam of dub fragranced minimalism, with a sound that seems to have really hit pay-dirt on new album ‘The Four Quarters’. Divided into four extended pieces, this full length has lightness of touch that genuinely defies belief; with Delay allowing the music to unfurl like an aural orchid in both the broadest of strokes and the finest of detail. Opening with (you guessed it brains!) ‘The First Quarter’, Delay initially shuffles into view through a gorgeously rousing blush of diffused atmospherics, onto which he slowly needles bubbling synths, star-bursts of fractured (but in no way imposing) vocals and a spectrum of beats that mine the tradition of his Basic Channel past perfectly. All that and we’re only four minutes in. Continuing in a similarly jaw-dropping style, Delay seems to have returned to the pinnacle of his Chain Reaction excursions, encouraging the listener to submerge ever further by offering half glimpsed aural edifices (some distant crowd noise here, a clutch of Arabic indebted instrumentation there) whilst always littering the foreground with enough pronounced intent to guarantee even the most casual listener will remain enraptured. Somehow massaging the best elements of people like Jan Jelinek with the deep soundscaping of Mark Nelson’s fabulous Pan American, ‘The Four Quarters’ is a record whose beauty and absolute depth really cannot be overstated. (Review by Totally Fuzzy Blog)
released January 9, 2005
Released on Huume Recordings in 2005.
Recorded at the White Room, Berlin.