March 10, 2010

AFX - Analogue Bubblebath 5 (1995)

Largely unknown by many, Analogue Bubblebath 5 was given to customers of the Analord binder who received them late as a freebie. Naturally, they hit the internet quickly.

The standouts for me are A1, a 9 minute opener that could have easily been a favorite of many fans had it been properly released. B2, A slightly darker, more wobbly track, that gives off a certain atmosphere that I can't really describe, not necessarily because it is heavenly, just odd and nice. And B4, a heavy and skittering beat underlined by a nice flowing string loop, another RDJ favorite of mine. Overall, it feels like a calmer, simpler version of Richard D. James Album, with hints of Melodies From Mars.

Overall a good release; if you enjoy songs such as "Fingerbib" or most of Melodies From Mars, pick this up.

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