Athey Road - First of Spring

Athey Road – First of Spring

How wonderful that, for those of us in the UK at least, the clocks have given us that extra hour of daylight in the evening. The title to this track by Athey Road was what caught my eye initially, but what caught my ear and gave me the impetus to write about it was the Erykah Badu vocal snips that are used more like an instrument than any discernible message.

recorded vocals can have so many applications for an electronic music producer

From this technique, to the ‘composite phrases’ style of vocal appropriation to create new messages that J Dilla mastered, to the isolation of words from a song until they become poetic in their mantra-like nature by artists like Burial, recorded vocals can have so many applications for an electronic music producer. Perhaps the human voice is the most versatile instrument of all…

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