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Chris Korda


When It Rains EP


International DeeJay Gigolo Records


Chris Korda It's been awhile since we last heard from Chris Korda (Six Billion Humans from 1999) the original founder of the Church of Euthanasia in Somerville MA, and here we have a four song E.P. When it Rains on the International Deejay Gigolo label.

Apparently each track has a socio-political message but to be honest that did not come through so much to me - which I deem a good thing - and when it does come through it is a classic 'sample' based kind of way. What does come through is Chris Korda's tech-house styled electro with a true jazzy element thrown in overtop with a funky edge.

a1: When It Rains has a dubby slapping electro bass, with a loping dance rhythm, synth solos and clacking synths which lead into a relaxed male vocal, 'When it rains....'. The vocals sound somewhat manipulated, but perhaps under-stressed, almost un- touched by reverb, giving it a warm yet detached feeling which counteracts the dance feel of the track overall. Over-emoting a bit further in adds a much needed tension leading it out of slacker territory to dancefloor uptight, followed by a reinstated doubling of the rhythm, just watch out for the false ending when there really is two minutes left in the track.

a2: May Queen is a little more double-bassed, a little more ambient synth, but no less busy than the preceding track, things keep cooking (sans the vocals this time), a might bit funkier, and more honing in on those synth solos.

b1: Gridlock is an upbeat romp with a spoken synth solo, and some over the top Rush-style solo action, overall this is an above average track which really soars, and the best track of the 4.

b2: Salt is a basic electro track with many spoken samples laid overtop - which are the true highlight of this track reminding me of the Brian Eno/David Byrne My Life in the Bust of Ghosts project from the early 80s - this would fit right in on a college radio show.

---Patrick Rands, July 2, 2002