A contributor to a variety of respected online publications, Simon joined the Inverted Audio ranks early in 2013. Bred on mother rave and nourished by the original strains of US house, he is someone who has lived through the first time deep house faced a backlash, the rise and fall of progressive house, and the multiple swings of fashion towards minimal, tech house, bass and beyond. As such, genres are not an important factor in critical appraisal, just good music that can stand on its own two feet. Be it uptempo or downtempo, alien or organic, everything is valid. Emotionless techno, needlessly abstract noise, derivative house and self indulgent muso-ism can all check their feet at the door. Bad taste in hats.
Moments like ‘Victory Over The Sun’ and ‘Red Skies’ share a thread with techno, however it is being performed high in the stratosphere as you remain rooted, with kick drums and melodies hidden behind a thick blanket of imposing grey cloud.
Something special seems to be happening on Anthony Naples and Jenny Slattery’s Incienso imprint. While there is little committed to the internet in terms of label ethos–very much ‘a let the music do the talking’ approach–there is certainly a strong synergy amongst a diverse set of releases.
‘Healesville’ is pitched as an album to soothe the soul in troubled times and it undoubtedly meets its ambitions. It is the pause button for modern life, an essential piece of augmented reality that rubs at the fraying caused by every day anxiety.