Chevron releases his new Memory Disks Volume Two album on the Shipwrec imprint today, and to celebrate he recorded us a scintillating Waveform Live mix. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight presents.
Fans of Planet Mu around the start of the 00s will undoubtedly recognize the name of Jonathan Valentine‘s alter ego, Chevron. The Blackpool beat-mangler had several releases on the imprint spanning from 2003 all the way up to 2015. His debut release for the label, Swimmin’ Lessons was released in 2003, and was also later included on the Children of Mu and Amunition compilations released the following year. We can vividly remember Chevron‘s name popping up frequently on the Planet Mu forum, as the label’s artists would regularly interact with fans via this medium.
March 18th sees the producer bringing volume two of Memory Disks to Shipwrec Records for a second round of delectable electronica. The long player is packed with ten tracks that range from acidic little bubblers to IDM picks, never straying far from Valentine‘s DIY ethic and the resultant unique sound he produces in his compositions, nor from the techno, acid and rave influences that have adorned his productions since we first became aware of him. It is nice to hear that while his sound has evolved, Chevvers remains true to his roots.
From the opener, Icebreaker, Chevron drenches us in that iconic sound of the silver box, whipping up acid lines around the banging thud of the kick drum. Do You Wanna Do Me (Like Someone You Love) takes a thrumming bassline and tops it off with a Joy Division-esque vocal. The Reset is a chiptune-sounding ambient piece which segues us quite nicely into the skittering amen percussion of Malibu, a track that really reminded me of the sort of fayre Planet Mu was peddling back when Chevron first hit the label.
A is another ambient interlude that prepares us for the haunting carnival sounds of Branches – one of this writer’s favorite tracks on the album thanks to the breakbeat that backs up the twinkling ring of the synth, and that all-important acid sound that Chevron never strays very far from. The amusingly titled Formaggio E Spionaggio (which translates as Cheese and Espionage) continues the acid theme, with an undulating bassline that complements the synth perfectly.
We’re back in the nostalgia zone for Sigh, which again features frenetically cut and chopped percussion in a breakcore style, and a warping bass that would work just as well on any speed garage banger. Trincomalee is a low-slung acid jam with plenty of 808 and 303 goodness to lavish over. The album closes with I Just Want to Go Out, a track that features a wobbler of an acid bassline that pans around discombobulatingly. This track kinda reminded us of I Love Acid era Luke Vibert thanks to the vocodered lyric. Have a listen to a preview of the album, below.
To celebrate the release of Memory Disks Volume 2, Jonathan has kindly recorded a nifty little acid jam for our Waveform Live Series. Incidentally, it features the same Art of Noise sample that The Prodigy used in Firestarter…we are assured that this is a complete coincidence, but a happy one at that which unintentionally commemorates Keith Flint rather nicely, we think. Enjoy! You can buy a copy of the album, HERE.