The Simonsound debut album, Reverse Engineering, could be a library record, but straight out of 2010. Incorporating mood music from the 1950′ to now, music that could be for TV or film, throwing down some cosmically funky cover versions of classic tracks with the moog to the fore.
Simon James and Matt Ford (aka DJ Format) make up The Simonsound, a pedigree of beat makers and genre hoppers, all knowing to the eternal beat and the science of sampleadelia.
Not taking themselves too seriously enables The Simonsound to pull off some great cover versions on this release, â€œTour De Marsâ€ gives Kraftwerk a run for their money, and â€œIts Just Begunâ€ injects some seriously funky electro into the funk classic. â€œMoon Rocksâ€ shines as a favourite for me, sharp jazz room drumming, a krautrock grind, and cosmic synth lines petered with movie dialogue, launching the track to somewhere in outerspace where no one has ever been, a monster of a track. â€œInside The Capsuleâ€ could be John Carpenter, or Martin Denny, strange exotic soundscapes. â€œHole In The Headâ€ strips things back with a straight drum break, bubbling electronics and fuzz guitar with somber string samples, while â€œThe One That Got Awayâ€ sounds like it was plucked straight from a cross continental spy movie soundtrack. â€œBetween The Wake And The Sleepâ€ is reminiscent of brooding Portishead or Lamb classic trip-hop stylings. â€œCall Of The Sirenâ€, split into two parts of uplifting ambience together with disembodied ghostly female voice as instrument, beautiful.
A fun and refreshing funky album, watch this space.