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little angel w​/​paul st. hilaire

by intrusion w/paul st. hilaire

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Killer final 12" in the series cutting the remaining tracks from the album onto lush marbled vinyl housed in the usual clear plastic sleeve. The swooning emotional pinnacle of his 'Seduction of Silence' set, 'Little Angel' features a particularly affecting vocal from Paul St. Hilaire (aka R&S' Tikiman, but you know that by now, right!?) over heavy lidded bass bubbles and tendrils of atmospheric dub effervescence in the finest Rhythm & Sound style. The 'Angel Version' flips the delay to create a rolling 4/4 rhythm up there with the best of Hitchell's dubs, while on the flip 'A Night To Remember' sets sail for the distant horizon on the good ship Bass, with Hitchell guiding his way by the stars as the sun slowly sets. It's very very lovely indeed and another must-have Echospace transmission. -Boomkat

Top 50 records of 2009 in The Wire.

Steve Barker (The Wire / BBC Radio) top 10 reissues of 2014:

Der Einfluss von Basic Channel und Rhythm & Sound auf die Musik von Stephen Hitchell bleibt wohl unbestreitbar. Auch wenn er selbst gerne behauptet, eher von Dub und Detroittechno gelernt zu haben, ist die Vorstellung, dass sich Rod Modells Deepchord, das gemeinsame Projekt Echospace oder eben auch Intrusion ohne die Schützenhilfe und Blaupausen von Mark Ernestus und Moritz von Oswald entwickelt hätten, gelinde gesagt Wunschdenken. Allein mit Paul St. Hilaire alias Tikiman zu arbeiten (hier bei dem Track „Little Angel“), spricht Bände. Zur Verteidigung und Ehrenrettung von Hitchell muss allerdings gesagt werden, dass er den eigenen Dreh gefunden hat. Zwischen hypnotischen Soundlandschaften, dem alles überlagernden Dub-Einfluss und eben der Berliner Ästhetik findet Intrusion eine warme, fast optimistische Klangfarbe, die ihm einen individuellen Wiedererkennungs-Wert verleiht. Zu den Höhepunkten gehören die auch als 12-Inch erhältlichen „Tswana“ und „Intrusion“ oder „A Night To Remember“. In voller Länge genossen am effektivsten, kann man The Seduction Of Silence durchaus ein paar Stunden am Stück ertragen. Wenn schon Epigonentum, dann doch bitte so. -Groove

Intrusion. It's one of those names that's easy to forget. I keep mixing it up with inversion, infination, elevation, redundance and substance—five-dollar words that appeared on my favorite records from the Basic Channel camp in the 1990s, which brings us back to redundancy. How do you evaluate an artist whose records sound as if they would seamlessly fit into Rhythm & Sound's catalogue from a decade ago?

Every movement produces a handful of artists who break serious ground and establish a new form. Consider Ernest Hemingway's terseness or Saul Bellow's loquaciousness and how Cormac McCarthy and Salman Rushdie carry the mantle today. A closer metaphor to dub techno might be color field paintings or Swiss graphic design: We're grateful that Barnett Newman and Josef Mueller-Brockmann established the forms, but there's plenty of room for more of it—so long as the line between variation and homage is clear.

The homage component is taken care of here by Paul St. Hilaire who, under his Tikiman alias, provided many of Rhythm & Sound's brightest moments. Ten years later, it sounds like he's seen some pain: The vocals on "Little Angel" are weathered, more emotional, and somehow closer to your ear rather than keeping time in the dancehall. As for the variation part of the equation, Stephen Hitchell's Intrusion guise pushes the boundaries while giving you what you came for. As with minimal art and design, the elements of the dub techno template are finite: bass, drum, and some reverb and fuzz—it's the nuance of size and positioning that matters.

Like a disciple of Mueller-Brockmann working with only Helvetica, two colors and a grid, Hitchell places the elements in the correct spots along with a few welcome twists. There's more white space, the drums are bolder and the tempo is slower. While the jingling wash over "A Night to Remember" evokes Basic Channel's "Quadrant Dub," it also has the fingerprints of Hitchell's Echospace project—a soft and melancholy texture. The sound of proper dub techno is unmistakable, yet the canon is small. We need even more records like this.
4.5/5 -Resident Advisor

Features "A Night To Remember" as featured on Richie Hawtin's "Enter" 4 X CD compilation.


released January 15, 2009

w + p by intrusion. vocal and additional organ performance by paul st. hilaire. published by [bcp] bmg | basic channel publishing.


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