A melting pot of acid, dub, and techno are the order of the day in 220 Project’s debut album. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen.
There’s something about that 303 sound which makes music instantly infectious, is there not? Used correctly, it provides funk by the bucketload, makes slower tracks trippy, and makes faster tracks frenetic and euphoric. Thankfully, The 220 Project know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to the little silver box.
The Waveform Transmitter first came across The 220 Project last year, when we stumbled across their first release, The Lost Particles. Their own special brand of what they define as ‘psychedelic ambient techno dub’ has been expanded further, to the nine tracks that make up their debut album, Between Two Points of Light.
The album as a whole really is quite a beautiful work. Their manipulation of sound via synthesis gives the overall package a cosmic feel, with elements of the tracks being reminiscent of Leftfield in their earlier Leftism guise.
The acid theme that runs throughout the album also gives a nod towards Hardfloor, in particular acid-trance banger The Reverse Process which the duo have kindly allowed us to premiere for them. You can listen below. Hold onto your socks, though, lest they be blown clean off your feet – this is high energy fayre and make no mistake.
The duo has managed to produce a wonderfully coherent album that encapsulates the acid sound perfectly while infusing it with the textural layering of dub and energy of progressive house and trance. The space-age feel of the album in its entirety makes it easy to imagine oneself as a character from Brave New World listening to the acid squiggles and echoing vocal snippets as you drift in and out of soma-induced unconsciousness.
We’ve got two tracks for you to listen to prior to the release of the album on March 10th. First up we have Two Two Zero, which is the first track from the album. Opening with interstellar whooshes and majestic pad swells, we are plunged into a 10-minute journey into the outer reaches of our galaxy.
Transmitting us light years away from earth towards Kepler-186, in search of a bright new future, The 22o Project acts as our guide on this wonderous space mission, punctuating the journey with meteoric ebbs and flows as we fly past dwarf planets and other-worldly beings.
The second track is the aforementioned The Reverse Process, which invites the listener into a thumping interstellar nightclub scenario. Psychedelic trance beats and evolving acid basslines encourage all alien lifeforms to raise their tentacles in supplication to the beings before them emitting sonic mana to the masses.
Between Two Points of Light is available on March 10th from all major media outlets. In the meantime, check the tracks out below.