Reviewed by: Neil Sherwood
Aybee has been producing music under a number of different pseudonyms with a variety of different styles since 2001. Real name Armon Bazile, Aybee is the name used for some of his most well-known work and quite possibly his deepest.
Just by reading the tracklisting, with names such as ‘Solaris’ and ‘Moon’s Whisper’; it’s obvious there’s a space theme going on here. This definitely comes across in the music, in fact ‘Worlds’ sounds like the soundtrack to a great sci-fi movie yet to be made. That might sound like a cliché in the world of electronic music, but Aybee manages to side-step the obvious with some skilful production styles. One of the albums strongest features is the beat programming. Aybee opts for off-centre and disjointed beats throughout. This gives the music an interesting organic feel.
The album starts and ends in gentle mode with beatless intros and outros, ‘The Portal’ and ‘Ascending’. ‘VGR’ builds things up smoothly with icy electronics and slo-mo off kilter beats. ‘Rays’ glides along at a higher tempo with a haunting melody underpinned by crunching industrial sounds. More beautiful synth melodies take the lead on ‘Dawn’ with light, building percussion throughout. ‘Landing’ is one of the strongest dancefloor cuts on the album. Dark, pulsing synth lines, distant echoing voices and lurching bass all vie for attention in the music. ‘Moon’s Whisper’ and ‘Solaris’ continue the spacey soundtrack ride taking us further into the unknown. Finally What Is’ and ‘Ascending’ drop the tempo and bring us back down to earth for the finale.
‘Worlds’ is a strong electronic, yet deeply human album. The tracks live side by side perfectly, making it an album that is perfect for listening from beginning to end. This is a rare pleasure in these days of dipping in and out of music.
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