bmg & sal p - credit card / eskink - interdimensional transmissionsIT 028 - eu12''
Genre: House - Detroit
1. Credit Card
BMG (Ectomorph) and Liquid Liquid's Sal P, team up on this killer 12"...! TIP
A strange collaboration finally finds its release.
Sal P: Salvatore Principato, founding member of Liquid Liquid, vegetarian chef extraordinaire, one of the strangest characters venerated by Hip Hop break beat culture… kind of like realizing Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey did not go far enough and Zen Buddhism is too much of a warrior religion.
BMG: Brendan M Gillen, founding member of Ectomorph. Strong belief in the underground, merging multiple disciplines to find new or forgotten solutions, and moving beyond societal conceptual boundaries to bring a new level of authenticity to his art.
In the words of BMG: I first met Sal when I was performing on the same stage as him at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2003. I had been asked to write an article for the MetroTimes about Liquid Liquid reuniting and performing along with ESG on the Underground Stage of the DEMF, and when I finally met him backstage, he told me that it was the first article on Liquid Liquid that they wanted to keep a copy of. While Ectomorph went out on stage, ESG ate all our food.
The next time I met Sal, I was teaching about using computers to make music as one of three technical advisors for the the RBMA in Cape Town, South Africa (the other two were Patrick Pulsinger and Osunlade). Patrick had a friend from Austria who was down there giving wine tours for a living, and we had talked him into taking us around. Sal joined us that day, and as we went to vineyards and the Cape where the oceans meet, our van got stopped by a parade of marauding baboons as we left the penguin beach, and we were later thwarted by some really frisky Ostriches. As Sal gave me some advice on why to not get married, Patrick proposed that instead of me & him DJing at this open air warehouse party that evening, we combine my Ableton DJ live edit remix loop thing with him on 909 and Sal on Conga and Voice. The rest, as they say, is history.
It hit me at the perfect time, wanting to see if we could expand and progress our original direction by collaborating with fringe artists from other disciplines to create a new sound. To integrate our highly disciplined but open minded sound with humans who expressed that poetically in their actions and approach. After a few more shows together improvising, we went into my basement studio and emerged with pieces that would become future songs, including Sal's contributions to the Ectomorph 12" "Chromed Out / XXX".
Out of those basement jam sessions (which included everybody I ever collaborated with that was still in Michigan, plus a few surprise guests) came the raw seed for the song "Credit Card," with crucial elements coming from a half remembered lyric by Sal from when Bill Clinton came to office, and a bass line from a never recorded Godzuki demo assignment from Crispy (aka Christopher Fachini). In this new context I felt a spark that this could be something really powerful if presented correctly.
For our live shows together (which we initially did as Electric Skin until we decided the name sounded like a bad psych band becoming a prog group) I created a version which could be performed on stage, and out of that came the final version. Recorded in the going-out-of-business White Room studios with a control room that was practically the Vintage King display floor (they sold the mixer we were working on during this project to Billy Corgan who had just outbid Pete Townsend by $10,000). We re-recorded Sal's voice and mixed down the record with no software effects or emulations, just Ableton for editing and the Analog gear with a mixing engineer (John Smerek) with 18 years experience to record it. From that comes this 12" and the final version of the song "Credit Card.
The B Side "Eskink" comes from the same flow of ideas, but had an additional turn in Hallien, Austria, 2005. I had been brought to a concept event called Schmiede in an old salt refinement factory in the ancient Celtic Alps to teach making music with computers and to perform as Ectomorph with Sal P. Before Sal and Erika arrived, another musician participating in the event named Torsten De Winkel offered to jam with me and let me record some lines for additional textures in the show. He led an Avant Jazz project called New York Jazz Geurilla, was born in La Paz, and had toured with Pat Metheny as second guitarist, so I knew he could at least play. I played him this song and he began to play his guitar like some funky David Byrne wanting to play at the Apollo shit, and right when we were about to call it quits, he showed me his electric sitar. After just a few takes he fit right inside one of Erika's keyboard lines and it flowed perfectly. We performed with it in the Schmiede live show, recorded the show in Ableton and used that arrangement with very little modification as the basis for the final mix, which is why it slows down at the very end.
So that is how a guy originally from NYC's No Wave scene came to create music on three continents with a guy searching to escape the confines of "Detroit purist electro act Ectomorph" without abusing any cowbells (unless they were played as additional vibration for the agogo).
DJ / Press Quotes
Resident Advisor review (link)
"SUPER~! -celebs" (Jaesun Celebre)
"amazing" (Richy Ahmed)
"proper grooving tunes!!" (Pack Up And Dance, GROOVE ARMADA)
"Love BMG and SAL..I'm gonna use the credit card !" (Joachim, Sound Architecture)
"i`m loving the bad bass line on Credit Card! So groovy. Great release, Eskink is nice as well" (KiNK)
"eskink" (Carlos Valdes, Soulrock)
"feel like electronic punk. cool " (Vakula Karpenko)
"Wow...Taking me back to some of the best ACR release. With an extra lo-fi house sound. Me likes a lot and wanna play this a lot !!" (Art of Tones)
"Hell Yeah! SAl is my man! Love this one!" (Nick Chacona)
"l-o-v-e !!! " (Mock & Toof)
"DOPE." (Brett Johnson)
"Surprising! And very retro in a eighties kinda way. " (Rene Passet, DJ Broadcast)
"GO SAL !!! love from san francisco" (Nikola Baytala, Tweekin' Records / Buyer)
"Good oldskool shhhh yep. Will look 4 da vinyl on that 1 ..." (Dj Simbad)
"I like them both. I might play Eskink more, but I'll be thinking of Credit Card a lot too. :)" (Ambivalent)
"yopyop can't wait to play it in NYC !" (Agoria, Agoria)
"Yes, just what I need in my late night sets. I really like 'Eskink' and that rumbling bassline. " (Santiago Salazar (historia Y Violencia))
"love credit card, it has got some late 80's NY vibe over it, plus cool! the whole release is great! " (Axel Boman, Studio Barnhus)
"Fantastic! Bring that punk-funk-disco back! Fresh dirty beats." (Tomas Palermo, XLR8R & more)
"Credit Card is the one for me full support!" (Cyril Etienne Des Rosaies)
"Credit Card is what I personally like the most, it has some of the 80´s in it, could have been in some hip "cops go to a cool club" scene. But Eskink is what I would play, also really cool. The whole record is cool,,," (Samuel L Session, DJ)
"i like!!!" (Steffie Doms)
"Excellent collabo. Andrew Duke (Uzuri/Open Concept/Nice & Nasty)" ()
"Nice! Credit card is the one for me. Will support. Thanks! " (Rhythm Incursions podcast)
"love the organic and loose quality of both traxs. refreshing! radio airplay guaranted." (Tony Donghia, Italian Radio)
"downloaded . thank you for good music!" (Sergej Gorn, Get Physical)
"WHAT A BOMB !! LOVE THIS BOTH SIDES THXXXX A LOT " (Jef K, Silver Records)
"both tracks great" (Robert Owens)
"Credit Card is the one for me. Love it!" (Rob Mello, No Ears)
"excellent !! love me some sal p!! wicked jam" (Mathieu Schreyer, Mr French)
"Pure New York white funk buisness --- very ESG ... Great one " (Laurent Garnier)
"Super self assured upfront sound! " (Nick Luscombe, Flomotionradio.com / Resonance FM / BBC Radio 3)
"this is a masterpiece. i will be playing this in my sets." (Anthony Shakir, frictional recordings)
"dope, Credit Card for radio show Eskink in da club" (Mousse T, Peppermint Jam)
"Like them both, credit card will be the one we'll play out. The Glimmers" (The Glimmers, Bvba Buffalo Jams)
"2 good tracks where Eskink track is my Fav. Will play & SUPPORT !!!" (Laurent N.)
"Just received the 12"i bought! Its really heavy and funky! " (Ripperton, Perspectiv)
"Eskink is my pick!" (Nuno Dos Santos, Kollektiv)
""Eskink" sounds promising!" (Norman Nodge, MDR / Panorama Bar)
"love credit card!" (justin robertson)
"Love it, like I love the release notes!" (Kostijn Egberts, Ismusic)
"Credit Card is lovely." (Oliver Hafenbauer, Robert Johnson)
"totally ace release... 200 % up my straat....thx ! (geoffroy mugwump) " (Geoffrey)