|MH-240 Pedro - Pedro [2006 Edition]
Originally released in Europe on Manchester's Melodic Records, Pedro's self-titled full-length debut has garnered universal critical praise, including nods from a number of his production peers. The album is the sound of an artist finding his voice through the distillation of disparate musical forms. Textures of jazz, folk, and rock sit upon a bed of hip-hop infused beats supplemented with samples chopped and layered as musical instruments. The compositions range from simple piano embellished with rhythm generating effects to complex collages filled with live synths swirling over layers of heavy drum programming. The CD version of the album contains the EP, Fear & Resilience (which features remixes by Danger Mouse, Four Tet, Prefuse 73, and others) as a bonus CD.
|Wonderful stuff - NME / A resplendent sound collage - Remix / A knob-twiddler extrordinaire - Under The Radar / IDM that never loses the listener in its tangents - BPM / A genre-confounding tale of the unexpected from the deftest of techno artisans - Mojo / There will be few better soundtracks to this summer - Stylus
|Ah, but the music itself: it's rich, multi-faceted majesty, it's flowing tapestries of enveloping aural bliss, causing all incestuous in-crowd considerations to reveal their ultimately empty nature. Sounding not unlike an amalgam of Four Tet's 1999 album Dialogue and some summery micro-house, James Rutledge's starting points are, not surprisingly, the same, (i.e. hip-hop, 2-step, jazz and 20th century classical). But from within this palette, Pedro manages to deftly create a perennial blooming garden of intrigue all his own, steeped in pure vision. — XLR8R