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7Overall Score
Melbourne’s Bell Towers is not a producer who would ever be accused of taking himself too seriously. Across a trio of 2014 releases on Munich’s dangerously on-point Public Possession imprint, BT issued icy, retro-leaning house cuts and Italo edits heavy on the flamboyant synthwork. Whether his music is focused on the club or soaring with the vocal harmonies of yesterday’s tomorrow, there’s always a sense of fun front and centre.
His first 2015 outing, back on Public Possession, is no different. The A side’s title promises a cheery ride, satirising the language of the 80’s bionic dreams, and the music more than matches the promise. Hyper – Realised – Self is one of BT’s strongest straight house cuts to date, juggling colourful melodies and odd, playful effects anchored to a sharp, clean exo-rhythm. The track blossoms gracefully over mutating acid sweeps and dramatic chord swells, leaving us with a robotic vocal coda which would seem tongue-in-cheek if Bell Towers’ scifi colours weren’t quite so inviting.
The grandiosely titled B-side, Jumpin’ Off Into A Sea Of Your Love, can’t quite match the flip for energy, but it again show BT on fine melodic form, as twinkling chimes come centre-stage over a taut electro rhythm, flexing out the big-room sentiment that vintage scifi seems to capture so well. Everything is offered generously on Bell Towers’ latest 12”, big grooves and big feels, another stepping stone on his increasingly assured galactic voyage.