Vince Watson, A Very Different World

[Bio Music]


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A couple months ago Vince Watson posed a question to the Facebook massive wondering if he pressed his upcoming album on vinyl how many would actually fork out the cash to purchase direct from him. The hook being that you would not only be buying a copy of it on vinyl but it would be a personalized version made more special and could include yet to be determined “extras.” This seems to be a growing trend with label owners who realize that in the battle against digital you’ve got to deliver a more satisfying experience to set yourself apart. And for Watson, this comes at a time when he’s readied himself to step fully into the fray, restarting Bio Music and launching a new label, Everysoul, that is dedicated jazzy, broken beat and deeper productions solely from himself.

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This first new release on Bio comes after a relatively slow year for Watson that saw just one single, “My Desire,” on Planet E. The title track featured an epic 12-minute re-interpretation of Carl Craig’s “Desire” that hinted at the type of material we may be hearing from Everysoul. “A Very Different World” signals a full return for Watson and Bio. His original version utilizes soaring pads and Technicolor chords to elevate the synth bass pulsations and driving rhythm to a form of techno that bears more resemblance to Eno or Jarre’s ambient and electronic creations. In fact, Watson ends it with over two minutes of beatless synth layering and tonal delay that sounds like the sun setting. Funk D’Void offers two remixes, one of which is curiously, a radio edit. His main remix tightens up the focus, adding some club friendly elements like dramatic strings and a vocal snippet while staying true to the original melodic theme. Watson closes it out with “Otherwordly,” a slice of techno that manages to be melodically satisfying and hard nosed in the same breath. The tough bass line slabs and dense syncopated percussion threaten to steal the show but the shimmering synth helixes are equally beguiling. With this caliber of release leading the way Watson proves the music is what matters, regardless of how you choose to procure.

adamm  on December 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM

I didn’t like this at all, a bit too commercial for my tastes.

Paul Chillage  on December 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Have to say I love this. Driving, introspective, imax detroit techno. Technology with heart and soul. I will be buying.

tibal  on December 9, 2009 at 4:20 AM

simply great!

Blaktony  on December 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Flat Out, from the production to the arrangement to the final note; This is how it’s done…. Buy on site!!!

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