galus – futura

Galus - Futura coverAfter review Kixnare’s 2010 album I started checking out the label’s catalogue: U Know Me Records. To my delight I also saw releases by Daniel Drumz and Envee, but hey… the stuff you don’t know is usually more interesting, right?

Usually I skip over titles that contain some kind variation of the word “Future”, because there’s a big chance it’s a preposterous reference to that release being the future of [insert genre here]. But I’m also a sucker for album covers and, ironically enough, I just love 50s/60s space-age stuff.

 

Once again, the cover and music make a lot of sense if you’re a bit in the know. Futura by Galus is a straight-up beatheads release with a nice twist: I may be wrong but it sounds like the sampling draws heavily from real early electronic music. You know, when people thought machines were the devil.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just think back to Dilla’s Lightworks: One of the more well-known tracks that sampled the space-age pioneer Raymond Scott.

 

Before you frantically start diggin’ into that genre, prepare: Next to the apparent easy stuff (which has already been pillaged massively), most of this music will probably leave an aweful first impression. So take a minute to check out how Galus did it.

 

Drums, samples and atmosphere, that’s what this 30min beat release is all about. The intro and title-track “Futura” may not sound so futuristic at first with it’s obviously cut up drumloop samples, piano loop and oldschool humming vocals, but back when man hadn’t made it to the moon yet, the visions of the future weren’t as Star Trek as we see them now. Moving on further I was real happy to hear that Galus doesn’t just put a degrader on everything to make it seem old (making your eardrums crack because the high tones are just too harsh), but carefully matches everything into one damp, warm swampy mess.

 

Where “Purple Rain” gives you a more cold industrial feel, the following “Remember Me” turns up the heat and adds a whole lot of soul using a warm bass and lead over the phased well-known Rose Royce sample. Love don’t live here anymore, it’s probably moved to Poland. Moving on, a lil’ bit of real futuristics is added by applying a LFO’d synth (a wobble for all you hipsters ;) on “Spaceway”.

 

The emphasis on sampling loops is brought back on the following tracks. “Lost Accordion” and “Sicking Suite” are tracks that could’ve come right out of the 40 Winks studio’s, while “Cubism” is more reminiscent of Onra and “Aquarius” could’ve been grabbed from the foremention James Yancey. “Door To The Mind” pulls back into a more abstract flow, focusing on heavy bass, kicks and shakers. That kind of drumsequence continues on “Bombay Child”, but now with a lot of bell-themed sampling and close-to-pure waveform leads.

 

On “Valium” the sampled sound of pool/snooker/billiard cue’s is niftily used to create a tight back rhythm, rendering the usage of a snare moot. Going out with a bang, the last track “Odyssey” (which is a word used in abundance in the space age era) is filled with high electronic arped sounds which’ll make you think you’re the captain of Barbarella‘s starship.

 

For now, you can keep your 8-bit sounds. I’m putting “Futura” on repeat, and you can too for the meager price of EUR 6,- at Bandcamp. Connect with Galus on Facebook and also be sure to follow U Know Me Records on Facebook and Soundcloud as well.