MAY DAY RADIO - WESTERNSYNTHETICS
RELEASE DATE: 10.10.10
LABEL: Sub Continental Dub
Distributed by Cargo Records UK
Pioneering South Pacific label Sub Continental Dub presents ‘May Day Radio’, the politically charged debut album from Australian dubstep producer Westernsynthetics AKA Rhyece O’Neill.
Fusing his unique blend of acid, dub, techno and psychedelia, Westernsynthetics draws from vast pallet of electronic soundscapes, live instrumentation as well as the subversive imagery he projects through his lyrics. With help on vocals from the softly spoken Charles Smith as well as Florida MC Werd2jah, Westernsynthetics provides his own brooding insight into the daily struggles of capitalist society.
Lead single ‘The Machine’ summons the sadness that lingers in the dark corners of the urban jungle – surviving among the madness, while also yearning to be born again. It’s a mission statement that extends across ‘May Day Radio’. Breaking free from the grimey aggressiveness of UK dubstep, Westernsynthetics summons a soundtrack of beats that is both slickly produced and emotionally gripping. Jangling guitars mesh with industrial soundscapes, there’s a sense of warmth and melody that compliments the dark beats, and the political sensibilities extend beyond mere statements or sloganeering.
“I’d like people to feel inspired both politically and artistically by the album,” says O’Neill, of the dual musical and political goals he pursued for his debut album. “I wanted to cover a range of soundscapes. I did this by using a lot of my own and other peoples sampling of old radios, streets, voices and noise.”
The result is one of those rare dance albums that carries an appeal stretching beyond the scene from where it originated. There’s every bit the polish we’ve come to expect from all of our accomplished dance producers, but it’s coupled with a beautiful sense of the organic, and a South Pacific identity that belies O’Neill’s roots. Highly meditative in its nature, the pressure builds and releases across ‘May Day Radio’, with an album that keeps on giving after many listens.
“Quality electronic music bizness on all fronts. I love the grimy and gritty-ness of 90909, the rolling bass in Workers Dub and everything about The Machine. Much Respect.”
“Sounds dope! Really great heavy-hitting work.”
Posivision Magazine Tokyo
“Nice release! Any sensible DJ out there will place this in their chill out bag for those early morning sessions. This will sit nicely alongside Four Tet, Pitch Black and Joy Orbison.”
“Westernsynthetics can do no wrong.”
“There's some seriously crisp production at play here across each of the tracks. The Machine references current trends in broken beat with a neat twist. Lush stuff.”
Street Press Australia
“Holy crap... the emotion of The Machine is captivating. Top marks.”
“It's clear his sound is among the country's most original.”
A refusal to conform to popular trends in dubstep has allowed Westernsynthetics to stand out, earning him a nomination for ‘Best Instrumental Composition’ category in the 2009 Australian Songwriters Association Awards, as well as invitations to perform at the Big Day Out, Rainbow Serpent and Peats Ridge Festivals across the Australian summer.
He is a regular guest at Sydney’s Void parties and Melbourne’s Bass High dubstep nights, where he’s supported international dubstep heavyweights like DJ Distance, Scuba, Caspa, Skream, Benga, Bassnectar, Cotti, Harmonic 313, Gravious, Tes La Rok, Deadbeat and many others. Some of his remix credits include artists like Deepchild, The Herd and Armen Firman.
ABOUT SUB CONTINENTAL DUB
Sub Continental Dub is an Australian electronic label specialising in quality future bass music from the South Pacific. For more information or to join the mailing list at www.subcontinentaldub.com