BOLT015: Assorted Elements (2004-2005)
Release date: 25th April 2005
CD and Digital
A 4 track EP selection of tech-house from Tokyo-based J.Auer.
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THIS RELEASE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM THE BOLTFISH CATALOGUE ON CD. HOWEVER, YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE IT VIA DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM A RANGE OF ONLINE RETAILERS.
tracks © Joseph Auer/Boltfish
Cover illustration/artwork by Murray Fisher
Electronic Desert- 18/05/05
"J.Auer delivers the 15th bolt and he brings more of his minimal drum machine based tracks and displays them on the "Assorted Elements (2004-2005)" EP. There're four tracks of four-to-the-floor with a twist "Roppongi Hills", "Disconnect", "Icefall" and "Points". Maybe the house influences are showing even more on this release, it's straightforward and directed to the curious part of any dance floor. What lies behind the beats and production is pure craftsmanship, just like you would expect from Mr Auer. A final word on the artwork and packaging, they are maintaining the same high standard as any of the previous Boltfish releases." Read the whole review
"J Auer takes it to pieces, looks at it for a bit, spots a new way it can be reformed and forges ahead. Assorted Elements is another cool release for the Boltfish camp spiked with waterfall explosions, jittering raindrops and dirty bass attacks. Recommended." Read the whole review
Textura.org - 01/04/05
"Given that Joseph Auer was born in Chicago, educated in York, England and Newport, Wales, and now works in Tokyo, Japan (officially as an IT Software Engineer in Yokohama), one wonders to what degree his music will convey a similarly 'global' quality. As it turns out, of the EP's four tracks, only the panoramic opener "Roppongi Hills" evidences a noticeable exotic flavour, with syncopated percussion patterns snaking through the song's blustery, horn-like synth stabs and flailing, bouncy breaks. While the glistening interlude "Icefall" luxuriates in momentary calm, "Disconnect" and "Points" take aggressive turns into deep house territory: in the former, sparkling synth swizzles billow over a pounding pulse while the latter, powered by a robust electro-funk bass line and spiced by surging washes and smatterings of chopped voices, literally charges. Much like other Boltfish EPs, this sparkling set of atmospheric tech-house seems to end too quickly."
Untitledmusic - 07/03/05
"Electronic label Boltfish adds a more rounded sound to its catalogue with this latest release. Phat beats and electro keys make up ‘Roppongl Hills’. ‘Disconnect’ uses eerie chords and a pumping bassline, along with a sense of spookiness. ‘Icefall’ eases in with icicle chimes and organic electronic pulses, the more usual excellence from Boltfish, warm and friendly electronics. ‘Points’ rounds things off with something in between what has gone before, smooth electronica, with crackling beats and an undercurrent of dance floor attitudes."