two 7"es

label: dove ink

production: eyamme, periphery

year of release: 2004

- Illogic "Only Give You Love" b/w Eyamme "Today We Lived"

- Eyamme "Wonderful Day" b/w Periphery "Outskirts"
Seven inches almost disappeared, so of course they were cool again and resurrected. Dove !nk records released two seven inches with the work of DJ Eyamme, Periphery and in one case with the lyrics of Illogic. Who recorded the song "Only Give You Love" and kept to more poetic lyrics, keeping the story inside a galaxy rather than down to earth. The percussion of the beat and the spacey other sounds don't let the song progress in a monotone way. But things are coming and going and they match the outerspace rhetoric from one of the best lyricists on this planet.
On the flip of this 7" we get Eyamme do "Today We Lived", more percussion and some calming sounds open the track. The song then however turns to a guitar that is plucked and - whilst musical - not really accomplishing much. The quality of the song is again in the many changes, that are similar in structure to the previous song, even though more drastic. Because once it ridded itself from the guitar, some old school sounds break through the membrane, to only disappear again for the guitar. All nicely done, but with sounds that don't sound right in everyone's ears.
The second seven inch features another Eyamme song "Wonderful Day" and on the flip "Outskirts" by Periphery. Eyamme - who's also the man behind these 7inches - opens the song with phone recordings. Just as expected the song changes throughout its duration. And it starts to really happen when the orchestra gets bouncy. At the same time, this part screams for some chopping treatment. The rest of the song also features a lot of good samples, but Eyamme hasn't really found his sound yet, as too often it sounds like he doesn't really know what to do to the samples apart from layer them. Technically this is proper, but there's not much personality and soul.
What we can find on "Outskirts" though. Because Periphery likes changes too, but he does not hop from one continent to the other, but rather sticks within one hemisphere but travels through different areas. His drum programming or sampling is especially to note, in a time where the regular rap song has really wimpy drums. Apart from the drums, the song is kept dark, features a voice sample when the time is right, keeps much of the structure as if played live, but still with the appreciated programmed dirtiness.
review: tadah
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