A1. Al Gobi - Cup of Tea (Cottam's Ruff Treatment)
B1. Al Gobi - Cup of Tea (Original)
B2. Al Gobi - Pueblo Grande [Vinyl Only]
Al Gobi - Doomsday [Digital Only]
The debut release on new label Constant State comes from UK duo Al Gobi.
The pair (Ian Blevins & Phil Moody) had a steamroller of a year in 2013 with releases on Disco Bloodbath, Rothmans, Culprit LA and Audio Parallax. 2014 looks set to continue this trend with Al Gobi material signed to Messalina, Keep It Zen and Flight Recorder, amongst others. When they manage to get time together in the studio their output continues to shine.
While the original mix of a Cup of Tea is dark and unsettled – beautifully balanced bass notes and piano cutting through heavy, storm-pregnant air, Cottam’s remix is the distillation of a second wind. His tribal, twisted, acidic treatment of this 3am concrete bunker anthem never overwhelms the piano refrain, instead giving it a new life, like the ghost of a party suddenly bequeathed fresh purpose as tired legs find boundless energy.
Meanwhile, Pueblo Grande brings something different to the party. Something harder, more insistent… Submerged snares and synths like razor wire combine with a raw bassline that stomps eloquently from 1994 to present day without missing a beat – and possibly inventing a few on its way – to create something wonderfully unique and very, very special.
The digital release also includes the linear, driving, techno vision of Doomsday. There’s an intensely filmic feel to this track, but it’s not one for voyeurs. The lost highway this follows demands involvement… willingly lost souls, all of them caught up in the ebb and flow, the ups and downs of this epic, 13-minute journey.
EARLY SUPPORT FROM:
Erol Alkan, Sean Johnson, Emperor Machine, Mano Le Tough, Justin Robertson, Ugly Drums and Ethyl.
Constant State is not a record label. We’d prefer not to be labelled. Once you start labelling things, you’re applying a set of rules; restrictions. Once there are rules in place, you’re expected to follow them. A routine develops. Certain things are expected. You see, we don’t have a particular sound. We don’t fit neatly into a pigeon-hole and we definitely don’t have a vibe, man. We’re not part of any scene; any trend. We are in a constant state of flux.
CONSTANT STATE - STAY PERPETUAL