DARKESTRALEX 001 (DARKESTRAL EXCURSIONS)SABRE ‘ONE MAN JETTISON’ / ‘BOUNDARY PT.1 (AFTERTHOUGHT)’ / ‘DECORUM’2009 USHERS IN A NEW PROJECT FOR THE DARKESTRAL OPERATION WITH THE CREATION OF AN IMPRINT SPLICED FROM THE MOTHERSHIP LABEL DNA, WITH THE INTENT OF SETTIN OUT TO EXPLORE THE OUTER REACHES OF THE DARKESTRAL SOUND WITH A MORE CINEMATIC PERSUASION.EVEN MORE STRIPPED DOWN AND MINIMAL THAN THE MAIN BODY, THIS 170BPM SERIES HAS FOUND THE PERFECT FIRST EXAMPLE THAT DESCRIBES THE FEELING OF BEING CAST OUT INTO DEEP SPACE, WHERE GRAVITY HAS A DIFFERENT IMPACT ON BOTH MIND AND BODY, SO, FITTINGLY, IT’S FIRST TITLE IS ‘ONE MAN JETTISON’, A RENEGADE PRODUCTION FROM THE ARTIST KNOWN AS SABRE.A1 ‘ONE MAN JETTISON’ COLD, MILDLY MELANCHOLIC STRINGS PLACE YOU IMMEDIATELY IN AN UNFAMILIAR SURROUND, SLOWLY AWAKENING TO A FEELING OF ISOLATION, THE BEATS START TO PUMMEL GENTLY AS THE HEARTBEAT AND ADRENALINE RISES TO THE SURFACE BEFORE FADING BACK DOWN AND A LEVEL OF CALM REALISATION AND PEACE RESIDES . THERES NO GOING BACK. A PERFECT METAPHOR FOR THE LABEL INTENT.A2 ‘BOUNDARY PT.1 (AFTERTHOUGHT)’1 MIN 30 SECS OF AMBIENT DRIFT DESCRIBING THE SMALL PARTICLES OF DEEP SPACE FLOWING PAST YOUR VISOR AND HEADWEAR CREATING A SUBTLE GRAZING TEXTURE OF SOUND IN YOUR ENCLOSED SURROUND.AA ‘DECORUM’BEATS RISE AND FALL AS IF FLOATING WITHIN THE SONIC VACUUM CREATED BY THE ‘2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY’ FLOW OF THE SURROUNDING PRESSURED ATMOSPHERICS, YOU MENTALLY DRIFT ALONG BEING GENTLY BUFFETED BY CHANGING AIR CAVITIES WHILST THE STRING SECTION ACCENTUATES THE FEELING OF WEIGHTLESSNESS.
With Instra:Mental launching their own label, it’s great to see that Darkestral are signing material from other artists. I’ve had this release for a few months now, and I have to say that it’s a really unique, original, cinematic, and atmospheric piece of music. A great start to a label which is clearly going to be focussed on pushing the boundaries of what is drum & bass. ST Holdings, the distributor for Darkestral, have confirmed that the release will be a limited edition run of 500 copies on Black & White streaked vinyl, untreated black reverse board with overprinted logo.
One Man Jettison will be released on 7th December 2009. The track “One Man Jettison” featured in a drum & bass mix I recorded back in February 2009, which you can download here