• 12" Vinyl (300 copies, individually etched)
• Digital Download
Occasionally one reads about some musical instrument with an illustrious past, such as Jimi Hendrix's guitar and John Lennon's piano, selling for exorbitant amounts of money at auction. And typically, that's the last of it, the instrument disappears into some rich collector's display case, never to be heard from again. Here then, is a bit of a different story. In April 2006, a Yamaha CS5 monosynth once owned by Richard D. James (Aphex Twin) with the actual liner notes for his landmark "Selected Ambient Works Volume II" etched into the bottom, was sold at VEMIA auction for approximately $1200 - a bargain in retrospect. The winning bidder was in fact a friend of Solvent's and the synth resides not in a display case but in Solvent's studio, on generous long-term loan.
"RDJCS5", a new 4-track 12-inch / digital EP by Solvent, is the result. This is suction022. Each and every sound on this record came from RDJ's old CS5, painstakingly programmed and multi-tracked by Solvent over the course of several months. The limited capabilities and sound palette of this humble little synth provided quite a challenge but ultimately the results are not merely an exercise in technical synth-nerdery; "RDJCS5" speaks more of Solvent's musical kinship to thee Analord. The opening track "Curtains" bears similarity to early Rephlex signing Bochum Welt, while "Radiator", "Mould" and "Tassels" each contain hallmarks of the classic AFX sound. At the same time, each track also sounds distinctly and unmistakably 'Solvent'.
The 12" vinyl edition is limited to 300 copies and comes in brown chipboard sleeve with sticker. It also contains an additional noise/drone piece at the end of side B. Entitled "Sandpaper", this cut is individually hand-etched by Solvent, for a one-of-a-kind cut/click/loop experience.