The Reverberation Appreciation Society is proud to announce the release of the fifth studio album from Al Lover, entitled Zodiak Versions, to be released as a limited edition 2xLP on white vinyl November 27. Scandinavia’s HÃ–GA NORD REKORDS will be releasing the album in the UK and Europe.
It’s a heady mix of dub, krautrock, analog synth and tribal percussion… we recommend you dive deep into this record with a pair of headphones on. To announce the album, Youth Pictures has produced a video for “Kosmiche Music In Dub”:
1. Kling Kland Sound Clash
2. Zodiak Version
3. Studio Einer Dub
4. Jah Werble
5. Neo Eno (Island Records)
6. Plenetarium Rock (Acoustic Version)
7. Earth People (New York & London, England)
8. Stockhausen Sound System
9. Osbourne Ruddock VS Conny Plank Dub
10. Ranking Roedelius
11. Ode To A Dream Riddim (Martin Hannett Blues)
12. Kosmiche Music In Dub
ABOUT THE ALBUM:
San Francisco-based producer Al Lover has spent the last several years evolving a unique approach to psychedelic music by way of exploring the common threads within itâ€™s various genres. His newest effort, â€˜Zodiak Versions,â€™ sees Al exploring what he views as two musical styles that have defined modern underground music culture, Jamaican Dub Reggae and the German experimental â€œKrautrockâ€ from the 1970â€™s. The main point of interest is how these genres were translated through the lens of Post Punk, Hip Hop and Post Disco Electronica to create what we see now as contemporary â€˜Indieâ€™ music.
Along stretches of highway in mainland Europe, in a tour van filled with the smell of Moroccan hash and tobacco smoke (not to mention the potent human funk only an extensive European tour can produce), Zodiak Versions was born. Sketching out repetitive dub baselines on the road, Al formulated the basic structures of the what would become these versions. Inspired by the driving motion of artists like Kraftwerk and Neu!â€™s motorik beats and expansive washes of analog synthesis, Lover felt compelled to write music directly within the environment that had once inspired the original â€˜Krautrockâ€™ sound.
Once back in the states Al teamed up with good friends Burnt Ones in LA to add some touches of guitar and synth drone to the sketched out songs. At this time he was further introduced to the some of the lesser known efforts of Kraut pioneers that would later influence the rise of Ambient music. Returning home completely inspired, he added even more layers of analog Moog synthesizer, tribal percussion, and vintage rhythm box drum sounds before sequencing and mixing all the elements through a vintage Roland RE-201 Space Echo. The end result is is what you have here in Zodiak Versions.