fresh on the heels of their last ep for lip service, the main stem deliver again with a delicious full-length that sees ten years of musical trials and tribulations amalgamated into one lean danceable form
the main stem debut with >contortion danse< their first single for lipservice. it oozes new-wave swag, with james flanagans vocals setting the scene. clash-esque guitar chops and cowbell pings are the order-of-the-day with a hefty bass line and drum workout that keep the groove bumping.
now the remixes, first up the rhythm odyssey warehouse dub takes the track down a dirty groove dubbing things up and adding some 808 rhythms and tribal bass coming on like a undiscovered nu groove release! the band drop their own remix keeping it smooth and hypnotic with echoes of the beloved. last but definitley not least birmmingams slo-mo house / beatdown king mark-e provides us with a epic mix of >yes sacrifice<, mark-e takes us on a spine tingling electronica journey.. oh yes!
look out for the main stems long player >electric church< coming soon.
the main stem, a birmingham based trio of disciples from the british disco neo disco university, have steadily and quietly honed their art with dubby refixes of disco tracks and beyond, fine remixes for labels like >is it balearic?< and now get the proper platfrom provided by prins thomas to present their original material. enlisting the help of two live drumers this sounds like a magic jam session night of early pink floyd or hawkwind with lee perry at the mystic black ark studios: after an intro of swirling synth atmospherics and guitar licks they feel their way into an hypnotic, earthy groove with loose offbeat rhythm guitar chords giving it an skankin quality, guitar licks, synth loops and cosmic atmospherics fly around on top for a while before they take it to whole other level in the later part with orgiastic string backings and entrancing electric piano lines. prins thomas opts for a faster straighter and funkier groove, rebuilds and condenses the originals guitar chords, synth strings plus is own delicate additional touches into a truly intense blissfull rework.