The Executive - Brian Bennett & Alan Hawkshaw - Synthesis
Label: KPM Music - KPM 1132 • Series: KPM 1000 Series • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz, Rock, Funk / Soul • Style: Soul-Jazz, Soul, Easy Listening, Lounge, Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock, Funk
These two greats go deeper than usual on this collection, and the end result is a synth concept record of sorts. With the awesome ARP Odyssey at the fore, Hawkshaw and Bennett have created a blissed-out soundscape that, whilst laid back in all the right places, somehow remains heavy on the funk.
Stereolab, Koushik again and all those Ghost Box artists were clearly listening very closely in the years since. With these two soft-focus closing tracks allowing the LP to float away over the horizon, the preceding ten tracks have a more insistent, neck-snapping rhythm section to back the synth overload. For once Be With really is stuck for words to describe just how good this record is.
Best just to listen. These records were never readily available, being originally released The Executive - Brian Bennett & Alan Hawkshaw - Synthesis a La Ligia Grischa - Ligia Grischa* - Cantei Romontschs, affordable alternative to commissioning music for television and radio.
Consequentially the originals have been unobtainable for decades by all but the most dedicated collectors. The audio for all ten re-issues comes from the original analogue tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Be With regular Simon Francis. Who were we to refuse. So that makes eleven records in total, all released on the 16th of November, and available for pre-order ordering now.
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