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radio ga ga pt.2


Artist : Solvent 

Label : Ghostly International 

radio ga ga pt.2 / 12"

Extended version of this great melancholic track with fragile, organic and subtile inflected robot intonations. It includes a crazy interesting Legowelt's remix. Released in 2004 : it's time to get it. Quality Release!!!

solvent city


Artist : Solvent 

Label : Morr Music 

solvent city / LP

Canada's Jason Amm has been developing his music for robots for some time now, assembling his array of analogue synths and beatboxes and re-arranging them for a sound that hasn't quite been heard before. Yes, this is electro-pop, but there is a sensibility here that is entirely fresh. The emphasis on melody here is second only to the loving attention to the beat and how it plays its part in charming you into submission. Not quite as camp as Fischerspooner, not quite as acidic as Adult and not quite as lo-fi as Skanfrom, Solvent look to a sci-fi future that isn't dominated by dark lights and menacing cyborgs, but to one where friendly robots sit beside you eating ice cream and asking you for a bodypop. Come with a killer Skanfrom remix of the "Frozen Food" track that appeared on the compilation "Cashier Escape Route". Addictive to the last drop of pop, this is another blinding release on the ever wonderful Morr Music label. Simply essential !!!

radio ga ga pt.1


Artist : Solvent 

Label : Ghostly International 

radio ga ga pt.1 / 12"

Part 1 of a 2 part set. Solvent (aka Jason Amm), has been making his inimitable brand of robot-pop since the mid 90's, simultaneously co-running the revered Suction label since 1997. One of the few real classics from the new synth era, Solvent's "My Radio" originally appeared on Ghostly's standard-setting "Disco Nouveau" collection, and is released here with remixes across 2 discs, along with new single "For You" and attendant versions. All mixes extend to full re-interpretations, with each artist encouraged to add elements of their own to the original sound source. Schneider TM added electric guitar and new lyrics, while Interdimensional/Clone mainstays Perspects do their electro cut up thing with glee. Also included is the extended version of "My Radio". Contemporary classic !

rdjcs5 ep


Artist : Solvent 

Label : Suction 

rdjcs5 ep / 12"

'RDJCS5' is a new 4-track 12" ep by Solvent. Each and every sound on this record came from RDJ's old CS5, painstakingly programmed and multi-tracked by Solvent over the course of several months. The limited capabilities and sound palette of this humble little synth provided quite a challenge, but ultimately the results are not merely an exercise in technical synthnerdery; 'RDJCS5' speaks more of Solvent's musical kinship to thee Analord. Opening track "Curtains" bears similarity to early Rephlex signing Bochum Welt, while "Radiator", "Mould" and "Tassels" each contain hallmarks of the classic AFX sound. At the same time, each track also sounds distinctly and unmistakably 'Solvent'. The 12" vinyl edition is limited to 300 copies, in brown chipboard sleeve with sticker, and also contains an additional noise-drone piece at the end of side B. Entitled "Sandpaper", this cut will be individually hand-etched by Solvent, for a 1-of-a-kind cut/click/loop experience. Nice ;)

latch, fasten, secure


Artist : Solvent 

Label : MinimalRome 

latch, fasten, secure / 12"

'Latch, Fasten, Secure' is a new 3-track 12" by Canada's Solvent, known for his melodic electro and vocoder pop releases on Ghostly, Morr Music, and his own Suction Records. For MinimalRome, Solvent debuts a new approach, so please don't expect any sweet Solvent melodies this time; in fact, don't expect any melodies at all. Here Solvent delivers 3 tracks of pure Bunker/Rephlex-style acid, monotonous and pounding. "Fasten" is the most straight-up acid track present, nothing but 707/606 percussion + x0xb0x squelch. "Latch" and "Secure" are more dark, abstract, dirty. "Secure" is epic madness, clocking in at over 16 minutes; at times slow and prodding, elsewhere growling furiously in sheets of distortion. Every track has been edited down from hour+ long hardware studio jams, with the computer acting strictly as a multi-track audio recorder. Solvent's customized acid box, a heavily modified x0xb0x, features heavily on every track, alongside classic techno boxes like the 808, 101, and Pro One. Limited to 250 copies only..!

subject to shift


Artist : Solvent 

Label : Ghostly International 

subject to shift / 2x12"

So, 6 years down the line from 'Apples & Synthesizers' Solvent presents another beautifully built album of creamy synth-pop and warm robot music for Ghostly International. Lead single "Loss For Words" affirmed that he was back on form and the rest of the LP doesn't disappoint. "Formulate" toys with camp hi-nrg bassline and vocoders and "Don't Forget To Phone" continues a long running comms theme with bendy triplet rhythms and shuddering vocals. "Panoramic" contains the lushest synthlines, which is surely the reason you check this guy anyway, and finally the redux of "Formulate" gives it a queer slow spin reminding of a darker Junior Boys. Lovely stuff.

loss for words


Artist : Solvent 

Label : Ghostly International 

loss for words / 7"

Hard to believe it's been 6 years since Solvent's 'Apples & Synthesizers', the immaculately composed synth-pop opus whose Toronto-based producer came to define the early Ghostly aesthetic. And yet, here we are, listening to Jason Amm's new single as Solvent, "Loss For Words" (the 1st taste of Solvent's upcoming full-length 'Subject To Shift', and a sterling example of what happens when classic pop songwriting meets analogue circuitry. Buzzing synths, crisply understated drum programming, and an air of gentle melancholyóit's as if no time has passed at all. And yet, "Loss For Words" is also a significant step forward for Amm, as his singing has matured into a clear, organic tenor and sweet orchestral sings dominate the song's climax. This single 7" is a robotic ballad with a human heart. Comes packaged with 2 remixes: Solvent's 'CompuRhythm Rmx', which pares the song's starry haze down to a minimalist series of blips and clicks; and Berlin producer Vector Lovers take, which busies up "Loss For Words" synthetic swirl into a club-ready electro track...

new ways - music from the documentary


Artist : Solvent 

Label : Suction 

new ways - music from the documentary 'I dream of wires' / 2x12"+7"

Solvent's 6th full-length LP, 'New Ways: Music From the Documentary I Dream of Wires'. Solvent is the venerable recording alias of Toronto's Jason Amm, and after more than a decade of releasing music through esteemed labels Ghostly International and Morr Music, 'New Ways' marks the return of Solvent to his own Suction Records label, his 1st album for the label since 1999.

For the past 3 years, Solvent's obsession with synthesizers and electronic music has taken him on a new path, a journey deep into the world of modular synthesizers. Serving as producer, co-writer and interviewer for 'I Dream of Wires', a documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer, Solvent's Jason Amm has played a pivotal role in creating one of the most talked-about and revered electronic music documentaries in recent years. Currently making the rounds (on Blu-Ray/DVD) is the 4-hour hardcore edition cut, with the theatrical cut of 'I Dream of Wires' set to premiere in the spring.
Before he came on board as producer, Solvent was commissioned by 'I Dream of Wires' director to create an original soundtrack for the film. At the time, Solvent's relationship with modular synthesizers was conflicted. Of course, he had long been lured by these elusive, esoteric machines, but was also weary; he wondered if these instruments would be a step away from music making, towards a lifetime of expensive, obsessive tinkering. So many electronic musicians have fallen into the modular "black hole", never to be heard from again... Solvent took on the soundtrack LP as a challenge; determined to expand his synthesis palette with the new possibilities of modular, but with a firm focus on completing a body of work. The result is 'New Ways', heard prominently throughout the film, and created, programmed and composed entirely on modular synthesizer systems. Through some generous loans, Solvent was given access to several large-format modulars during the course of the album, including a classic vintage Moog System 15. But the real revelation came from his own newly-acquired, contemporary Eurorack system; for the 1st time in many years, Solvent found himself thinking outside the "vintage synth" box. The album title is not only a continuation of 'I Dream of Wires' nod to Numan. 'New Ways' also pertains to Solvent's all-new modular synthesizer toolkit, introducing many new forms of synthesis to his arsenal of electronic sound. In many ways, the modular synthesizer caused an artistic reset, bringing Solvent's sound full-circle; as on his late 90's Suction Records albums, 'New Ways' doesn't revel in the classicist synthpop motifs or vocoder-pop of Solvent's Ghostly catalog, but instead on focusses on making strange sounds sing. 'New Ways' is Solvent's return to instrumental, headphone electronica. From the harsh, idm/hip-hop hybrid of "Burn The Tables", to the radiophonic menace of "Sender", Solvent showcases the modular synthesizer as perhaps the ultimate tool for noisy, alien soundscapes. Alternately, Solvent's penchant for sweet, heartbreaking melodies can be heard clearly alongside the intricate modular sound design on standout cuts "King Vincent", "Pattern Recognition", and "LPGs Over Hawaii". 'New Ways' also includes 'I Dream of Wires' theme song, "Themogene", a soaring piece of epic synthesizer minimalism already heard by the 250,000+ people who have seen the documentary trailer to date. Essential !!

new ways remixed


Artist : Solvent 

Label : Suction 

new ways remixed / 12"

'New Ways Remixed' - 4 songs from Solvent's soundtrack album for the acclaimed modular synthesizer documentary "I Dream Of Wires", remixed by 4 artists that were interviewed for the film: Chris Carter, Orphx, Bronze Teeth & Martial Canterel. Industrial music legend Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle / Chris & Cosey) turns in a suitably industrial-strength techno monster that wouldn't sound out of place in a set by Perc or AnD. Canadian duo Orphx (Sonic Groove Records) augments their signature dark techno sound, building to an acidic crescendo, while newly minted duo Bronze Teeth (Diagonal Records), featuring ex-Factory Floor member Dominic Butler, continues the acid with biting squelches that pop from abstract clanging percussion. Although widely regarded as the kingpin of the modern minimal synth scene, Martial Canterel (Dais Records / one-half of Xeno & Oaklander) delivers an uncharacteristic slice of brooding electronica, more 'artificial intelligence' than 'minimal wave'. Nice plate !

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