Next up on Rekids, a veteran of dance music bestows the ‘Celestial Vibrations EP’, a flawless package of original material under project alias The Rhythm Odyssey that’s all acidic analog rawness and fuzzy vintage synths.
Dean Meredith is one of the most prolific and versatile producers on the planet with a prodigious career that spans over 20 years. A founding member of Chicken Lips and Bizarre Inc, Dean went on to produce lo-fi analogue funk gems as White Light Circus for DC Recordings and Goat Dance for Bearfunk and Rogue Cat on Tiny Sticks. Recent project Mind Fair (with Ben from Main Stem) was channeled through International Feel/Golf Channel/Rogue Cat Sounds and NY label Let’s Play House released music from alias The M.E.B.
Now Dean is up to some dirty house tricks as The Rhythm Odyssey, favouring that gritty warehouse jacking smoke-machine-drenched fizz. So far releases have dropped on Lipservice, and Leng with collaboration with Eric Duncan (Rub n Tug, Still Going, Dr Dunks) on Endless Flight. Following a series of EPs for Golf Channel Recordings and an album on Lipservice, The Rhythm Odyssey has now arrived at Rekids armed with the ‘Celestial Vibrations EP’. Label boss Matt Edwards snapped up the tracks after hearing a sneak preview and it’s about to be unleashed in all its unadulterated glory.
Kicking off with ‘Ride On This’, a distant cowbell is soon engulfed by a marauding acid bassline. Tough and sexy, rich in rhythm and analogue drums, it’s no doubt got that air of warehouse nostalgia. Next up, Detroit-inspired ‘I Need It’ journeys into a deeper realm of hiss and noise, “get on and party” vocals and the melodic synth line, soon melting into lush chords.
On the flip, more raw percussion collides with a cosmically funky edge. B1 ‘Corner Of My Mind’ combines synth stabs and soaring string chords, with a hint of bassline funk creeping in alongside shimmering shakers. Further on the trippy, cosmic tip, the stripped down grooves of ‘Raw Nerve (Dub)’ are immersed in warm, spacey FX and quirky pitch bending synths.