Ticon - Zero Six After (Digital Structures)

damion

Pound Shop Alex Petridis


Ticon
Zero Six After
Digital Structures (Sweden)

This has to be one of the most eagerly-awaited follow albums in ages. Two and half years since Aero, one of the finest progressive acts is back: and what a way to return, kids: Zero Six After is an utter belter. And yes, psyreviews is delighted to be able to offer you an interview with Ticon at http://www.chaishop.com/lasso/content.lasso?id=1518.

The cinematic Prologue warms things up a treat: warm pads and ticklish runs get larger and larger, before finally picking up some cheeky glitchatronic beats that form the backbone of Kids Of The 80s, a seriously good piece of work that slams hard with Ticon’s return. It’s full of energy, brimming over the edges with quality and life. The groove is a mishmash of house and cutups, with messy casio electro keeping it moving. It dips right out, and almost falls silent, before teasing back with a proper-job progressive run.. then gets breakbeaty, and then falls gloriously back into its screaming, driving housey origin.

Serious contender for Psyreviews’ favourite track title of the year, U Make Me Wanna Drink More has echoes of late-Motown to it; something in the high-end strings, maybe? All about housey drive and flair once again, this time with a huge lumbering elephant of a riff sitting in the low midrange. It’s dirty, sassy psybooty with a twist of lime.

In The Dirt takes things a shade more frantic. At 140bpm, it’s verging on a fullon track, and it does it bloody well. Think a tighter, fresher Silicon Sound at his best and you’re not far off. Huge breakdown, tight melodies, and more of these clean, sparky-retro-80s sounds. Poem For Granny has a great vibe going on, and escalates really nicely: it’s like a more fluid Minilogue with plenty of airy space all through the track.

In Stereo is a godsend, a truly dazzling piece of electronic music. It’s breakbeat, and it makes for a nice interjection in the flow of the album. But sit back and let it do its stuff… simply phenomenal, it picks up cute melodies and runs, and around the middle it picks into a sort of 4/4, wrenches out this melody that sounds like it could make you cry but then… as soon as you notice it, it’s gone. Truly something special. Rip It Up is like a fit bird in tight jeans… striding into the room, all heads turn, charged by this current of deep energy. Once again, it’s staggering – quite how they morph these sounds into such smooth layers is beyond a numpty like me. Some of the sounds here are maybe a little too in the retro-80’s, but for my money it works okay.

Chicken Shaker sounds a little like Underworld, with looped distorted vocals (nowhere near Infected Mushroom, yer’alright) and is made by it’s huge breakdown, with real-sounding drums; but for me, it’s all really hype up to The Anaolgue H. This is fucking blinding: very smoothly done, it’s the perfect energetic, melodic psytrance groover that unfolds like a dream, with some of the finest riff-based grooves in an awfully long time, and a hands-in-the-air melody that screams goa at you.

Finally, the emotions are running high with Six Years After… and again it’s amazing stuff, possibly the greatest ‘fin-de-albume’ number I can remember. It’s got more in keeping with the NakedNYC sound than anything psytrance, but fuck me is it gorgeous. Emotive, ticklish, smooth and inspiring, it rounds the album off a treat.

Zero Six After is a dazzlingly accomplished artist album. Ticon try their hands at a lot of styles here, and with each track you get the feeling that they’ve achieved something significant. In the long run, not everything they touch may turn to gold, but it sure as hell does here. A classic album, everyone should own a copy. And by that I mean: everyone.



10
 

ZINI

Senior Member
Heard the samples and one word stuck in my mind.
D - I - S - C - O
But all done in the best possible taste. :partysmi:
 

Geoff3

Direct DJ
Had a close eye on this one since hearing the samples!

looking forward toooooo it!!

*wipes of others dribble*
 

Ozric

Hoofaloof
*Drowned in dribble*

Barclay I can't see it in chaos!@#%%#@

help
 

jamez_23

Blah
he eh ... i did exactly the same thing mate .... went straight to chaos .....

its not there :Sad:

I suspect you can pre-order though ..... bah .....
 

onestone

Member
Do a search on Ticon and it's the first one that comes up but no samples. However, if you go to Psyshop they have the samples.

Off topic, this reminds me of the discussion on chaos v psyshop. I know I should be supporting the local business etc but I'm sorry to say, chaos is a pain in the whatsit for finding things plus if you happen to be in Brighton you can't pick up merchandise from their location - how stupid is that?

On topic, I wasn't impressed with the samples, although 40sec is not really a good way of criticising a proggy tune.
 

josh

marathon solo-sessionahoy
ive tried so hard to like this but its just pop-dance.

:?
 

discostu

Member
I have to say - I am a massive Ticon fan, but after listening to the samples it doesn't sound very good. Has anyone heard this properly all the way through?
 

jibberer

Jibbering Wreck
There's no doubt it's a masterpiece...incredible production, a whole mixture of styles all coming together in a perfect blend. I was a bit miffed at first as to why damion gave it a 10, but after a few listens I can see why. It's not really my typical taste, but I've been listening to it non stop since I got it!
 
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makdaddy

Guest
proper funkin Disco trance ...nuttin you can doo but to shake yer booty :icool:

im really into this...
 
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