Stoke

A 7 track experimental album (53m 27s) — released April 15th 2002 on Touch
All tracks are edits of live performances recorded in Liverpool, Manchester, Osaka, Tokyo and Vienna except Lambing, which was recorded at home in part for a film by Lucy Baldwyn. Stoke was made using Bush, Fidelity and Philips record players, Casio keyboard and Alba portable CD player. '...to suggest you need to wait as long as we do, or that one night the combination of a half remembered noise and the nostalgia of a room would appeal to both young and old, the happy, unhappy, rich and poor, expressing simply the thoughts that at one time slip into every home. And now able to say we have not yet left the building.' - Philip Jeck '...a glimpse of the future through prisms of past records...abounding in pleasures and surprises...' - The Wire'

Turntablist Philip Jeck is no garden-variety DJ. Armed with a coterie of vintage Dansette phonographs, a slew of used records, a keyboard and a CD player, Jeck fashions his enigmatic music out of hazy, off-killer loops and crackle, snatches of sepiatoned melodies , and distorted vocals. Like much of Jecks work, many of the seven pieces that make up. Stoke possess a distinctive, ominous quality to them, even at their most beautiful. Indeed, one of the most compelling aspects of Jeck compositions- such as "Lambing" with its plaintive howls and soft staticky pops or the oneiric blues of "Pax" - is that they are both mesmerising and profoundly unsettling. Very highly recommended. - Susanna Bolli XLR8R

Double page Feature in the Wire - Clive Bell The Wire

While Philip Jeck's performances, installations, and recordings have centred around his arsenal?. a calculating improvisor?he leaves much to the spontaneous reaction towards sound at any given moment. Jeck has been developing this methodology, building up to Stoke, his strongest work to date. Its opening passages are on a par with his Vinyl Coda series, with Jeck effortlessly transforming grizzled surface noise into languid atmosphere?The effect is just beautiful. Philip Jeck has always been good, but Stoke makes him great. - Jim Haynes The Wire

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