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Ten and Tracer - Baker's Blood

"Baker's Blood" is the latest offering by Ten and Tracer, a renowned name in the American electronic music scene.
Following a long period of silence, he produced one of the most exciting EPs of 2005, entitled "In Such a Fix to be so Fertile", the first release published by the excellent Rope Swing Cities netlabel.
This release surprised most people who had been familiar with Jonathan's previous work, as something unusual had occurred during its conception. Namely, processed beats and organic sounds had been moulded together to form a dark and deep aural experience; a significant shift from his previous warm and melodic compositions.
In the 2006, the people at Rope Swing Cities were fortunate enough to be able to release another of Jonathan's fine productions, entitled "Vinculum"; this time inspired by different feelings, but composed with the same previously inspired elements.

Now it's time for "Baker's Blood" and we feel very glad to have in our 'virtual hands' a four track representation of Jonathan's current sound and evolution since "In Such a Fix to be so Fertile".
Lets just say that any attempt at describing it would not do it justice, as you will find radically different sounds blended together in an impressive manner: tribal percussion, glitch aesthetics, field recording, found sounds. These are musical concepts that are very far one from one another, but in these tracks there are eloquent links to make them work and communicate. The real beauty lies in fine details, and you should listen to each track carefully in order to explore every pattern, sample, beat, gradient, and melody, as something really special happens there.
It is creative expression its best!




Track List:

  • 01. The Church
  • 02. Waldsterben
  • 03. Glad To Generalize With You
  • 04. Vintage Airplane - Vintage Man


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Cover Artwork:
© Laurent Batailley
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This work (audio tracks, cover, text) is licensed under a creative commons license.



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Reviews for this release

The Zymogen netlabel continues to release exceptional electronica, usually in the area of experimental and abstract. One of their latest offerings is Ten and Tracer’s Baker’s Blood. The tracks overflow with electronic effects, field recordings, found sounds, and exotic percussion, yet manages to fit together into a tight irresistable groove. My favorite track is “The Church”. It moves along effortlessly daring you to ignore just how complex it really is. “Waltersben” mixes its glitchy beat with a spacy background while “Glad To Generalize With You” has African percussion mixed with sample sounds. “Vintage Airplane - Vintage Man” is the most abstract of the pieces but still mesmerizing in its layers of electronic sounds. There are lots of free electronic albums on the internet, but this is a stand-out effort.
Free Albums Galore / 22 Jun 2007

I am pleased to close this blog with a release, which combined so much shared values and thoughts about what can possibly be an open-minded work, so far from stale genres and dogmas, full of creative curiosity for sounds and things around. Without complex, but with the faculty to influence notably the course on, Jonathan Canupp cultivates all these talents and some, less obvious, to discover right now.
Thierry Massard / 16 Mar 2007

Otra referencia de Zymogen absolutamente profesional, por algo tienen tres nominaciones este año para los premios Qwartz. Calidad de sonido impecable para estos cuatro temas firmados por "ten and tracer" (EEUU), con un idm cargado de clicks, cuts y un montón de sonidos interesantes, pero sin demasiados "retorcimientos" rítmicos.
Muy bueno!!
Oír para creer / 09 Mar 2007