|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
|The as yet uncrowned king of Melodic, Pedro (one James Rutledge) finally stumps up his debut album. The fact that his debut single appeared four years ago, a record that should be regarded as classic in years to come, and contained many an idea that has since born fruit for many an artist, shows just how ahead of the game he was back then. Unlike the time of his first release, frames for reference now exist for Pedro's music, and he inhabits a world with Four Tet, Hint, Fridge, Susumu Yokota and Bonobo, where hip-hop aesthetics breed with electronica, jazz, folk and eerie soundtracks. More overtly electronic then all of those comparisons, this album flickers brightly, its melodies charm, the rhythms fascinate, and despite the comparisons I make, it deftly side-steps any easy definition. It is a lovely, lovely thing. - DJ