“Portland-based Jesse Munro Johnson returns with this latest collection of tracks, and while it might be billed as an EP you certainly get a lot for your hard earned pennies. There are only five new tracks from Johnson himself, but he’s bundled those up with a mammoth seven remixes. We’ve got Alter Echo, Teleseen, Swami Million, El Buho, TMRK and Michael Bruce each turning in their versions of Johnson’s complex electroid dub constructions and each one takes the record in a different direction. For our money though it’s the originals that really cement the record’s status, and Johnson drives us through a sublimely well-orchestrated analogue dub factory floor, something like a more cavernous take on Strategy’s affectionate ‘Future Rock’. Well good.”
Heres a couple snips of the live sets from thursday nights show at Beacon Sound in PDX. Big ups to all who came out, and bigger ups to the thunder and lightning storm that went down during Gulls’s set! Peep 3:20 during his video, the lightning smacks right in time with a massive snare drum! WAHT!? Storm Gods approved….!
Expanding upon the sound of his previous 12 inch singles, Gulls (Portland, OR) brings a lush dub infused masterwork of an EP up to the surface. Buzzing synths meet thick fuzzy samples and dense poly-rhythms. Simultaneously chilled out and suited up for the dance floor, Gulls’ compositions are vast and expansive yet intimate. His extensive use of samples layered in crunched-out effects create an inviting bed of ambience for the dub style bass lines and globally minded rhythms to pulse and shimmer on.
The RUNNING TIMES EP will be available in an edition of 200 vinyl records, as well as a Cassette Tape and digital download featuring an extended pack of remixes from SWAMI MILLION, Alter Echo (BSI), Teleseen (Percepts), El Buho (Antarek Recs), and Michael Bruce (Poisonous Gases) among others.
It contains all of the tunes from their first 100 blog posts. Chock full of la good, it even includes Gulls’ live recording of #REALTIME. Jam it!! Its a heavy heady blend of sounds from across the sound system spectrum.
Their blog is unique in that they groups tracks by BPM not genre, a great system for finding tracks for mixes and DJ sets. Check em for a steady stream of deep new music.