Looking back at all the releases on The Public Stand, they have one thing in common: all the artists have on original sound, whether it’s Mr. Jones with his relentless unparalleled energy, George Lanham bringing the ultimate in audio distortion, Komabase hypnotizing more than Biggie, or Trust The Machine with his quirky machine funk. And this release is no exception.
Simplicity Is Beauty does his name justice with “Operators Manual”, “Ithaca” and “Telemachus”, all stunning tracks with an amazing amount of musicality seldom seen in today’s scene where dancefloor attention spans are very short. Simplicity is Beauty takes his time to set the mood and clear the mind, giving you pieces of music of a longer lasting kind.
As for remixes, my electro heroes The Exaltics club up “Operators Manual”, Irish top dog Djamel adds the power of darkness to “Ithaca” and German hypnotist Komabase zones you into an electro endeavour for his “Telemachus” remix… And so I present to you the newest release on The Public Stand: Simplicity Is Beauty “Operators Manual EP”. Enjoy…
Comments: I first played ‘Operators Manual’ on White Noise in April 2011, stunning track, this package is also solid and good quality covering all angles with aplomb.
Psycatron (Paul Hammill)
Comments: This is a great release. Djamel delivering a super mix too. Will play on the show.
Comments: The Komabase remix is delicious.
Rob Booth (Electronic Explorations / A&R Fabric London)
Comments: The Public Stand is 100% purchase on site material. Rolf is doing a fantastic job with the label and radio show… 100% committed.
Comments: Obscure artist Simplicity Is Beautiful has achieved what Aphex Twin did in marrying complexity with simplicity. “Ithica” shares many parallels with Richard D. James’ difficult productions in the use of circuitous percussion and buzzing kick drums that later reward the listener with sweeping synths and melancholic keys. Komabase tones down the originals emotive content but maintains its blue funk. The title track merges recognisable elements of Jean Michel Jarre with Tangerine Dream and the glitchy electronics of Kraftwerk. Revered German producer The Exaltics reworks “Operators Manuel” into a Kanding Ray form of lab coat techno, while “Telemachus” travels down a more traditionally dub techno path with the addition of classic ’70s Deutsche elektronische musik synths. Djamel removes most of the dubby low end in his remix and replaces it with a growling electro synth in a stripped back version of the original.
DVNT (Future-Music.co.uk / Mantin Radio / Darkfloor)
Comments: Proper deep on that opener. This should be knee deep in film imagery. The Exaltics take that wonderful opener into a darker electro territory, working in the original’s widescreen synth just like they know what they’re doing. The result, a deep electro roller for the head and floor. ‘Ithaca (Djamal remix)’ has a wonderfully dark finish offset by that twang noise. The original version has glitch edged electro tech with a deep musicality to it. ‘Telemachus’ is deep, pad-rich, dubbed-out stuff with some great hats riding on the horizon. Komabase goes into the remix producing a great electro dub number.
Comments: Operators Manual (Exaltics remix)’ ROCKS! I’ll be pushing this wherever possible. Really enjoying this one. ‘Telemachus’ works nicely too, understated and yet catchy. And the Komabase mix works well too, and I feel it might be a grower… Sensing untapped potential. Will be reviewing too, many thanks.
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Starski & Clutch, Ann D, Captain Random, RTE Pulse Ireland, Proton Radio, Merley Martin, Dinamo 103.8 FM (Istanbul), Todd Burns,