Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet, Synthesizer And Percussion  
Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet
Synthesizer And Percussion
GBR 1xLP 
Label: Be With Records
Release Year: 2018
Style: Library & Exotica
 
  Tracks  
  1.Mon Amour 2.Oddball 3.Daytripper 4.Mile High Swinger (Vers. A) 5.Mile High Swinger (Vers. B) 6.Auto-Pilot 7.Pacesetter 8.Home Run 9.Driving Force 10.Action Man 11.Funky Chicken 12.Jolly Roger 13.Dumbo 14.Plain Song 15.Fanfair  
  Released in the same year as Synthesis over on KPM, 1974’s Synthesizer and Percussion is its essential companion piece. “This record features the many distinctive sounds of the ARP Synthesizer plus percussion in various moods and tempos” is the even more underwhelming than usual library record sales pitch for Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett’s second collection of what is basically minimal G-funk, with overtones of primitive acid house. This is ridiculously good.

This is one of Hawkshaw and Bennett’s wilder joints and aeons ahead of its time. Bennett’s tough drums provide the underpinnings for the prominent bass, keys and bubbling synths high up in the mix, alongside Hawkshaw’s deranged clavinet-funk-rock. There are heavenly break loops galore.

Opener "Mon Amour" is ultra-smooth funk, all inter-weaving melodic lines whilst the seminal "Oddball" is an incredible hard electro strut with a knocking break. "Mile High Swinger" is a tranquil Spaghetti Western whistling theme over double tempo rhythmic movement and the pulsating "Auto Pilot" has a percussive groove elevated by electric piano and synthesizer. Check "Driving Force”, “Home Run” and "Pacesetter" for electroid prog-funk dripped in acid squelch.

All five final tracks are beatless synth workouts, because they can.

As with all ten re-issues, the audio for Synthesizer and Percussion comes from the original analogue tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Be With regular Simon Francis. We’ve taken the same care with the sleeves, handing the reproduction duties over to Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPM’s brand identity.
 
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