Nick Wilson’s second release under the NCW moniker marks a departure very much removed from his intense techno speedballs of the mid-00s. The first one, also on Apartment Records, presented a new direction probing acid and deep house fairly confidently, but with Pharoah And The Goose, Wilson goes even further with two epic tracks; divergent by genre yet consistent in their blinding hypnotism.
The two tracks are untitled but the content of the A side clearly signals it as the “Pharoah” half. Taking in samples from Pharoah Sanders’ monumental 1969 spiritual jazz masterpiece “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” it unfurls a loping groove composed of various melodic progressions cycling in a spellbinding fashion. What begins as a double bass line, discordant string stabs and a 707 rhythm morphs into a 12-plus minute journey taking in the mantra-like vocals and bizarrely catchy yodeling from Leon Thomas paired with free jazz melodies bordering on exotica. The online samples I originally heard definitely didn’t do the track justice, but hearing it in full completely convinced me of its brilliance. On the flip “The Goose” presents a dark and trance-y slab of techno that couldn’t be more different in sound. Its FM-synth minor chords set the stage for the over 11-minute build up of throbbing bass lines, flanging arpeggios, and brooding pad sweeps. The minimal techno pulse and a heavy reliance on spacey synth work coax an image of a possible Sleep Archive and Klaus Schulze pairing.With Pharoah And The Goose, Wilson has effectively turned the edit and trance genres on their head.