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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Plug Research
  • ASIN: B00759YXK2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Adjoining SoulsElephant And Castle 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. RiseElephant And Castle 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Derni / ParalysisElephant And Castle 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Altered SconesElephant And Castle 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. En Memoria (Feat. Tune-Yards)Elephant & Castle, Tune-Yards 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Oakland StrollElephant And Castle 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The HangarElephant And Castle 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Formatting... (Feat. Rachel Fannan)Elephant & Castle, Rachel Fannan 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I WillElephant And Castle 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. RGB<<Elephant And Castle 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Distance To The SunElephant And Castle 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Bay Area based beat maker David Reep performs under the stage name Elephant & Castle, taken from the London area bearing the same name. David released his Analogue EP in mid 2010 which propelled him onto the scene with great reviews from Pitchfork and The San Francisco Weekly. The SF Weekly wrote about the EP sounds like a brief version of DJ Shadow\'s monumental Endtroducing.....album as visualized by Flying Lotus and his beat scene compatriots. Now two years later E&C is set to release his debut full length project Transitions with Plug Research. Transitions is an exploration into low-fi sounds, finding their limits and pushing them further in a way few artists have done before. With tracks like Derni/Paralysis creating an eerie yet pop like ambience, and the single En Memoria, which sees E&C hooking up with Tune-Yards, providing a head nodding, melodic, beguiling atmosphere. The listening experience of Transitions is a passionate and captivating adventure, sure to mesmerize the mind, body and soul.

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The Elephant and Castle district of south London hasn't carried much cultural currency in recent years, beyond its once innovative, now famously garish shopping centre (Wikipedia conveniently overlooks Jim Davidson's terminally dated sitcom). So it's rather sweet that the area made enough of an impression on David Reep during his time in the UK that he's adopted it as an alias for his San Francisco Bay beat-making activities.
Reep's debut, 2010's Analogue EP, was a bric-a-brac assemblage of busy, woozy beats and drab council flat artwork - the sound of the dirty city. Transitions, the full-length follow up, arrives within a vivid, oceanic pearl planet sleeve, pointing to the all-directions blossoming of Reep's music within.
Everything about Transitions is expansive, billowing with clouds of untethered samples and liquid rhythms. Fragments of flute trills and harp swirls float through the album, chased by schools of disconnected voices. It's like spinning the pirate radio dial while every tower block broadcasts summer's day jazz.
tUnE-yArDs' appearance on En Memoria is the one moment that almost manages to pin Elephant & Castle's music down, Merrill Garbus's vocals swimming occasionally into focus on a dreamy Carpenters-esque ballad. It's a beautifully simple entry point to the album, and seduces the listener more easily than fellow guest singer Rachel Fannan (ex-Sleepy Sun), whose contributions are snipped apart and stretched over Formatting....
As Transitions flows gently by, it's easy to get absorbed in the drift, and as such it doesn't really matter that some tracks are casually indistinguishable, with no huge variation over the album's course. Exploring its oceanic depths makes up for the lack of forward momentum. For the after-image left by Reep's aqueous electronica is ultimately that of the drowned city, submerged by the rising waters of the Bay or the burst banks of the Thames.
Citizens of Southwark, Elephant & Castle has done you proud.
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