|Released in the same year as Synthesis over on KPM, 1974â€™s Synthesizer and Percussion is its essential companion piece. â€œThis record features the many distinctive sounds of the ARP Synthesizer plus percussion in various moods and temposâ€ is the even more underwhelming than usual library record sales pitch for Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennettâ€™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 Bennettâ€™s wilder joints and aeons ahead of its time. Bennettâ€™s tough drums provide the underpinnings for the prominent bass, keys and bubbling synths high up in the mix, alongside Hawkshawâ€™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 Forceâ€, â€œHome Runâ€ 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. Weâ€™ve taken the same care with the sleeves, handing the reproduction duties over to Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPMâ€™s brand identity.