Mantras combines breakbeats with manipulated voices and found sounds
to produce nine subtle, minimalist grooves. The essences of various strands
of electronica and dance music have been extracted and re-assembled, creating
a disorientating and unique montage of hypnotic rhythms and soaring sounds.
The CD is an evocation of the state between waking and sleep. In the urban
environment, the waking can sometimes prompt dread, sometimes the excitement
of possibilities. From the claustrophobic yet sparse programmed beats
of Narcolepsy, Binary System and Static,
to the joyful breakbeat ambiences of Drift
and When I Sleep..., this release is
a soundtrack to various dreams; offering an escape from the realm of the
real to the worlds of imagination.
All titles are processed, programmed and produced by Richard Gallon. His
previous CD releases include Funkturm (as Operation
Mind Control) and Caveat Emptor,
by ambient experimental percussion duo Chemical
Plant. The Urban Mantras package
includes a 12 page booklet, with a visual interpretation of each track.