44BC - A1 - Wesley Matsell - Total Order Of Being by Border Community published on 2013/12/03 16:42:52 +0000 Our resident Welsh mystic Wesley Matsell - last seen around these parts back in 2008 with the hyper-arpeggiated triplets of the kraut-tinged 'Bernwerk' - follows on from his brief Swedish sojourn chez Studio Barnhus with an ebullient EP of early nineties referencing dance utopianism. Four disparate interpretations on a retro-futurist brief which channel the wide-eyed abandon of British dance music's infancy, thereby securing a slot in your record collection next to the good-natured old school stylings of Orbital, Lone and Border Community labelmates The MFA. Already given a thorough roadtest in the DJ sets of label helmsman James Holden, the staccato gasps of rave banger ‘Total Order of Being’ show no sign of diminishing in their melodious, propulsive appeal. The sacred, mystical arpeggios of ‘Future Beacon’ meanwhile sit atop the rattling breakbeats of a simpler age, soundtracking a Garden of Cyber-Eden that sadly never was (yet). On the 'Dowlais Wheelie Crew' flip Wesley pays idiosyncratic homage to his home village in Wales with yet more frenetic synth business - because you can never have too much of a good thing – juxtaposed with a decidedly modern groove. Finally, B2 'Rite of Pant' is a sophisticated, rousing exercise in primal Welsh handmade proto-house to summon the blood of even the most resolutely armchair-bound of ravers. The 'Total Order of Being EP' presents a suitably multi-faceted induction into the endearing Wesley Matsell world view, where the recent past collides with an imagined future to create a distinctive aesthetic that finds an outlet not only in Wesley's music, but also his own cut-and-paste collage artworks and extensive virtual scrapbook collections of jpegs and gifs. Wesley is a warm-up DJ staple at our own Border Community label nights, as well as a keen mix-maker, podcaster and devourer of new music, whose car journeys through the picturesque Welsh countryside are always accompanied by the unadulterated bass indulgence of the massive sub speaker stashed in his boot. Wesley Matsell's 'Total Order of Being EP' forms the final release in a collectable four part series of limited vinyl (500 copies), joining Avus' 'Poppy EP', Margot's 'France 2 EP' and Fairmont's 'Velora EP' as the final piece in the puzzle to reveal a bigger picture by up-and-coming UK designer and Border Community visual authority Jack Featherstone.