Toucan netlabel was started by ‘John’, who also makes music under the name ‘Psychadelik Pedestrian’. It certainly seems this guy knows what he is doing. Not only has he released nearly 300 EPs since 1994, he also makes great electronic music. It’s clear he has a real passion for the netlabel world, which is highly appreciable considering CC outlets are seldom a source of income.
‘Transient’ is the second ‘LP’ release under this label name. It spans many different electronic styles (breaks, house, downtempo…), and is produced extremely well. The polished clarity inherent in each and every one of these tracks is wonderful to hear, considering it – like all other releases on this well-established label – is free to download.
I tend to shy away from pop house tracks containing loud powerful vocals, so track 2 “Upside Down” was not a great beginning for me. However it carries a good melody, and as mentioned earlier, the production is very clean and the parts are well mixed. “Tears In My Heart” takes a downtempo plunge, with thick pad textures and a stern squelchy bass tugging along the aimlessly wondering melodies and dub-style drum parts. A full, rich sound, yet a reassuring amount of space and clarity imposes a blissed-out dream-like atmosphere.
“Cry Over You” continues this feel, whilst introducing dubstep to the equation. Again, not too keen on the loud vocals, and the mixing here is a little loose (no sub bass, and the depth achieved by earlier tracks is faded). “World of Fantasy” injects some energetic breaks to bring the flow back to the LP, and the remaining three tracks wind this climax down to a dark and ambient conclusion.
I may not be the best person to review this, as most mainstream pop-vocals and pop-synths are not met with much welcome. I like music to be a bit more organic and fuzzy, rather than clean and clinical. However, I like this release as there is a strong dedication and skill oozing from these mp3s. I have said it before, I’ll say it again; to be noticed in this vast sea of netlabelism, it takes an artist who is prepared to go the extra mile to develop themselves technically and musically. ‘John’ is a true inspiration in this respect, and although his label needs a bit of work to keep up with the moving times, he has clearly done a fantastic job.
Psychadelik Pedestrian – Spectre
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