Incredible release from Stephen under his Intrusion moniker. This is so profound and organic. It is like taking a deep breath. Sounds like air and feels like air. Melting away! Can't wait for the album! Nothing but quality from Steve!
everything that's echospace related is gold. there's always a wondrous sense of movement going on. like a re-evaluation of time. it pulsates with the rhythm of the moon that influences the sea. It's a blessing that these guys are so incredibly productive! building a massive catalogue of deep vibrations.
Nearly 6 years in the making, this new 12" marks the return of echospace's critically acclaimed Intrusion project. The first incarnation of "A Gentle Embrace" came in the form of three extended reshapes from cv313 & variant and now we're proud to offer the original work on beautiful crystal clear 160 gram wax. This new release was engineered and mixed down from 1/4" analog tape and mastered by bazza (Abbey Road Studios, Radiohead.) at Alchemy, London. We'll let the music do the rest of the talking, from our heart to yours...
"Stephen Hitchell, one half of Motor City dub-techno operators Echospace, revives his Intrusion alias in 2015 for new album project A Gentle Embrace. That title speaks volumes, quietly. This is techno-music stripped back to its bare bones, its raw elements. The A side (Original) is filled with wave-upon-wave of gaseous atmospheres being tickled by a twitching, propulsive Wolfgang Voight percussion. Flip-side, Hitchell brings the Kick. But only just, before it disappears into the wormhole. Pressed loud on crystal clear 160g wax. Engineered and mixed down from 1/4" analogue tape and mastered by Bazza (Abbey Road Studios, Thom Yorke / Radiohead) at Alchemy, London." -Bleep
"Stephen Hitchell (Echospace/Deepchord) in deep troddin' house mode as Intrusion. 'A Gentle Embrace' occurs on the A-side, teasing tendrils of ghostly analogue signals around a padded bassline that rolls down from cloudy mountainsides. On the flip his 'Reduction' clears the air and tightens up the bass for a more steppin', light-headed effect." -Boomkat
The most pristine of dub techno on offer here from Stephen Hitchell aka Variant. The densely layered Arctic atmosphere of "A Gentle Embrace (original mix)" is as mesmerising as it is haunting, but will engage you thoroughly with its incredible attention to detail. Don't worry, there's more of the same on the flip with "A Gentle Embrace (reduced mix) which does exactly as it says; stripping back some layers (typically; there's quite a few!) to give some of the trademark basses and otherworldly pads some space to breathe, out of the chilling glacial soundscapes he weaves. -Juno