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Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet - Synthesis
Tracklist
A1Collision Course
A2The Executive
A3Hovercraft
A4Big Black Cadillac
A5Deadline
A6Hit Me, Hit Me
B1Forum
B2Where The Action Is
B3Getting It Together
B4Helter Skelter
B5Alto Glide
B6Mermaid

Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet
Synthesis

Be With | Item No: 615924
Vinyl LP | 1974 / UK – Reissue | New
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Item Description
The “vivid contemporary sounds for a fresh visual image” make up the now canonised Synthesis from Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett. These two greats go deeper than usual on this collection, and the end result is a synth concept record of sorts. Released in 1974, it’s an essential companion piece to their Synthesizer and Percussion LP, released on Themes International Music in the same year.

Like most of our favourite library records, Synthesis has that gloriously funky, “weird electronic music” vibe without ever being inaccessible. With the awesome ARP Odyssey at the fore, Hawkshaw and Bennett have created a blissed-out soundscape that, whilst laid back in all the right places, somehow remains heavy on the funk. It’s a sort of throbbing, proto-G Funk sound and you can find it on many of these low-lit basement workouts.

Take the ice-cool “Alto Glide”. It’s a sunset-funk highlight with an electro-flute refrain that conjures those dreamier Dre / DJ Quick instrumentals from ’91 to ’92. Stereolab, Koushik (again) and all those Ghost Box artists were clearly listening very closely in the years since. The equally relaxed “Mermaid” glides effortlessly with soft, shimmering piano, understated percussion and kaleidoscopic synths. It’s a really beautiful piece.

With these two soft-focus closing tracks allowing the LP to float away over the horizon, the preceding ten tracks have a more insistent, neck-snapping rhythm section to back the synth overload. Highlights include the head-nod funk of “Getting It Together” and the synth break in “The Executive”, which informed classic video game soundtracks.

For once Be With really is stuck for words to describe just how good this record is. Best just to listen.

As with all ten re-issues, the audio for Synthesis comes from the original analogue tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Be With regular Simon Francis. We’ve taken the same care with the sleeves, handing the reproduction duties over to Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPM’s brand identity.
Item Details
Item No:615924
Artist:Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet
Titel:Synthesis
Label:Be With
Katalog-Nr:BEWITH046LP
Format:Vinyl LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing:UK – Reissue
Release Date:1974
Genre:Organic Grooves
Style:Jazz / Fusion
Available since:16.11.2018
Condition:New
Price:23,99 €
Weight:250g (plus 250g Packaging)
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