artist: Material Action
title: Lobith Sessions
keywords: cosmic, electro, electronic, hi-nrg, house, post-industrial, post-punk, synthpop, wave
label: Inverted Records http://www.invertedrecords.com
Lobith is a pretty river town in the Netherlands that is known for its beautiful locations and it’s legendary lobit music festival that set the place on the world map in the year 2012. Now still attracting tons of tourists and curious music loving foreigners, it is the place where record label ‘Inverted Records’ has settled and brand new music can be heard pumping out of the windows.
The American Duo ‘Material Action’ had been invited by the now in Lobith settled Inverted Records label owner to come and record in the brand new installed music studio, enjoying themselves in the relaxed open minded atmosphere and pay for it in exchange of a massively good sounding new album!
If you had started to miss Alex S. and Eric S. (the people responsible for Material Action) ;now you know where they had been and what they have been up too. The record has been mastered and finalised and for all our great convenience been released into the world on CDR in a limited run edition of 25 copies. You don’t need to travel yourself to the Netherlands to get a copy, as for 9 euros they will send it to you wherever you live in the world!
You might want to know more about the actual content of the album, but please be aware that how longer you read, the more chances are that someone else is ordering these hot of the press ‘Lobith Sessions’ albums!
But if you are confident enough that you can risk some precious time, than please be free to continue reading as we have managed to hold a brand new copy send to us by our reliable thief and postal pigeon!
The first recording of this successful session is a fabulous tune named ‘Disco’.
It covers Material Action’s never ending love for one of its favorite nightly activities: Disco dancing!
The tune seems to be made to cater the radio listeners as it’s absolutely an instant radio friendly hit.
There is something production wise that has this ultimate retro vibe to it;
It’s lovely in lo-fi and secretly enormously catchy!
The band describes itself as provocative cosmic wave music, which in this case is certainly a description that fits like the emperors clothes. Electro funk for midnight driving, in search for a party or for the private after party, after the party. The beat swings and it wants your ears to hear it over and over again!
Even their second track that bares a name that is in most cases is not unarmed in positive circles ‘Suicide’, but Material Action’s actions in the studio knows even how to deal with this theme. It pushes the listeners into a groove with a perfect smooth and funky rolling synthetic baseline, a fine beat for dancing purposes and enough teasing funk to let this go without slipping out one negative vibration.
‘Wolfazzoid’ is the third track and is more electronic in its approach. Mostly because it sounds more steady in its beat production with the obvious purpose to make you feel good and dance. The bubbling melody that twinkles on top in contrast with the low laying dirty bass gives everything a spaced out feeling. It’s like the music is our ticket to fly like the lightweight acid lovers that kiss the seagulls in the blue diamond skies!
We can hear that the members of Material Action had a good time in the studio. It comes especially apparent when listening to one of the highlights on the album named ‘Decay’. When the track starts to do its magic it’s like being embraced by colorful colors and synthetized galore. The programmed drum is very nice and uplifting, and the spacious drowned sounds of the vocals are in a nice balance with the cosmic music. This is a track that really opens up and grows on the ears, delivering a memorable pleasure to listen, dance and dream away with. (it might even be a combination of all of them at the same time..)
‘Process in Void’ is what the Dutch speaking people in Lobith would call ‘Kei goed!’. It’s Material Action leaving their home base of normality behind and are crossing the boundaries of space travel.
No rocket is necessary, this way of traveling is purely done with the sound of music and here the band is fully taking the vibrations to the outer zones. This is not an easy thing to achieve as a band, but it’s easy for us listeners to jump on their sounds and start flying out of reality.
Material Action has kept this special vibe of spaciousness in the shortest tune on the Lobith Sessions album. It’s called ‘Just A Memory’ which automatically somehow makes sense, as if it is an answer to ‘process void’ trying to explain how the music is able to pick us up for alternative wave traveling.
It listens away like a dream. A dream with a voice coming from the distance and synths that form a heaven and light beat to hold on too.
‘What You Do’ is a very playful sounding tune; it gives us most surprisingly a samba-esque beat that seems to beatbox with pretty moving electronica. Everything is in sync here, and the best possible thing to do as a listener is embrace this wonderful piece of retro futurism with both ears, close your eyes and dance the day away!
Without doubt this record is made to make people fly, featuring electronic cosmic wave electro funk that opens the borders to another music based reality. But smartly wise; also has the more hit worthy radio hits to spin! A great first album recorded and released from the Lobith based studio of Inverted Records, and definitely another example of the great partnership that is Material Action!
Highly recommended material, so be quick as remember: there are only 25 copies made! Get ‘Material Action’s Lobith Sessions over at the following link: