Label: Atjazz Record Company
There’s a promising future in-store for the Midlands born and bred producer Simon Tew aka Si Tew. The DeMontford Music Technology graduate who scored the BBC Urban Music Bursary Award whilst studying, actually began his career music in bedroom bedlam and by the time he was 16 years old he was playing in clubs. Whilst under the BBC bursary as chance would have it, he met Martin Iveson (Atjazz) and began his journey undoubtedly acquiring invaluable experience a young music neophyte could ever get.
Scoring film and video games sound tracks and elements of his skills in sound design are reflective of his body of work so far. Until A Breath Speaks, the first track off this EP features poet and voice of the modern inner city Deanna Rodger. Soulful and full of emotional eighties-style synths are set to Rodger’s virtuous tones. We Endeavour is a beautifully layered sound-scape which reveals Si Tew’s accomplishments as brilliant composer. The introduction and parts reminding me of Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian’s score Forbidden Colours for Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, this goes where they couldn’t thanks to modern technology. Ethereally bewitching, this is the one I had on repeat the most – you just lose yourself in it.
A little more industrial is last track Hands Up has an incredible leftfield vibe. A gradual understated build up of the track doesn’t deter from the many elements contained therein. Yet again testimony to the producer’s acumen despite the darkness of it all, it still has some soul. Orion is up there with some of the biggest and well-known tracks of the electronic era, Si Tew is a formidable talent; Moby, Jean Michel Jarre, Eric Serra better make some space there’s a new kid on the block.
Review by Sandra Swaybe-Barrett
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