The Kempe Stone Portal – The Vendetta Suite

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The Kempe Stone Portal – The Vendetta Suite

play epPlay EP

play epA1 – Neon Secrets

play epA2 – I Am The Ghost in My House

play epA3 – Morning Star

play epB1 – Christmas in Cologne

play epB2 – Della Notte

play epB3 – Who Do You Love

play epC1 – The Adult Section

play epC2 – Purple Haze

play epYellow Sunrise

play epC3 – Warehouse Rock

play epD1 – I Am The Ghost In My House

play epD2 – Spring Blues

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The Kempe Stone Portal is the long awaited debut album from long time musical adventurer The Vendetta Suite It arrives on Hell Yeah Recordings on June th and spans over years of diverse musical experiments In the words of label boss Marco its a nice ridebr br Gary Irwin started dancing in when he was drawn to the dubbed out and psychedelic sounds of Andrew Weatherall and The Orb at the same time falling for the forward looking house and techno played by David Holmes and Iain McCready at their regular nights at Belfasts Art College After studying music technology and performing arts Irwin gave Holmes a cassette of bedroom produced techno and it started a long and fruitful relationship that has continued to this day br br In the intervening years Irwin has been the inhouse engineer at Holmes Exploding Plastic Inevitable studio and label has engineered and remixed with him released on his labels and written music for his Holy Pictures album all while picking up credits on labels like NovaMute Sabrettes Amp and many more As time passed Irwin explored nondance sounds such as krautrock library music synth and s bsides before more recently circling back to acid house downtempo and Balearic All of this and more informs this panoramic track album which is a testament to a life spent submerged in many different sound worlds br br The Kempe Stone Portal opens on the Neon Secrets which along with tracks like Morning Star and I Am The Ghost In My House betray Irwins love of wonky shimmering experimental synthpop musik They are glistening tracks with heavenly harmonies that are truly lifeaffirming in their richness Elsewhere Purple Haze Yellow Sunrise is an homage to his early experiences of Balearic acid house music from the late eighties and early nineties with a not too subtle reference to the narcotics of the time Who Do You Love was Irwins first nondance music production in a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chains version of the Bo Diddly classic with guitar feedback and distortion drawing you into a murky world of fuzzy sonics br br Della Notte came years after with rumbling toms bubbling synths and phased Rhodes making for a psychedout post punk dub Seasonal sleigh bells and obvious krautrock influences abound on Christmas in Cologne while Maybe Tomorrow is Air meets Phil Spector on a beach at sunset Warehouse Rock is a dubby acid track that follows on from where track Shut Up Ya Dub left off but with a more experimental approach that found the artist limiting himself to a drum machine dub effects and samples If King Tubby were to release on Acid Trax this is how it would sound Shorter tracks Spring Blues and The Adult Section were originally made for a modern library music side project and are brilliantly suspensory pieces of lush electronics yawning chords and gentle rhythms that empty your mind of any tension br br This is a storied album that traverses different musical worlds with style and skill Some are old some are new but they add up to a long player that is both fascinating and timeless

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A1 – Neon Secrets, A2 – I Am The Ghost in My House, A3 – Morning Star, B1 – Christmas in Cologne, B2 – Della Notte, B3 – Who Do You Love, C1 – The Adult Section, C2 – Purple Haze, Yellow Sunrise, C3 – Warehouse Rock, D1 – I Am The Ghost In My House, D2 – Spring Blues, D3 – Maybe Tomorrow