Only got a couple of this one.
Following Correlations' glorious mystical/folkisms of February's "Evocation" and April's sixty eight track NewAge extravaganza,"Mayan Gods", the punningly titled "Hot Pots" serves up a magical slab of expert synthwork from Neil Hale, Correlations' main writer and instrumentalist. Although the mythical Oxford Synthesizer Company's 1983 OSCar synth was liberally applied in the beautiful soundworld of "Evocation", then here, Neil spends a long monogamous lockdown session with it, not letting it out for it's daily hour's exercise and only feeding it cream crackers through the crack under the door. As the Moog One was to "Mayan Gods", the OSCar is to "Hot Pots". Neil relentlessly configures OSCar though every frequency oscillation and filter setting it can manage, to produce a tingling, twinkling, trip to the stars as powered by a Norton motorbike. It's an intense experience. From Brighton to outer space via Oxford in 1983.
Neil's suite of thrumming grooves (entitled Hot Pots 1 - 8. No time here for fanciful descriptive titles) achieves startling new high ground for those of us who live to listen to the glory of analogue synthesis. His effortless gift for melody shines through once again as we embark on the journey with Hot Pots 1. Here, Neil eases us in on the back of a fuzzed out synth patch, relentlessly sustained until the clouds part around the three minute mark with a lovely sparkling uplift as the OSCar's rudimentary sequencer goes into blissful overdrive. It's intoxicating stuff. From then on we are deep into the heart of Neil's subtractive synthesis fever dream. The enforced limitations of placing the OSCar centre stage lead to a relentless exploration of the instrument which delivers such inventive bounty. Hot Pots 3 opens with a chugging refrain, an unstoppable drumbox and the pluck of a not-guitar. Hot Pots 4 and Hot Pots 6 turn on the mystery machine as delightful fairy swirls, whoops and quavering chirrups break out and twist into ever more beautifully tuneful configurations. The closing Hot Pots 8 unashamedly gets its disco on and after a wonderfully loose five minute spin around the lit up dancefloor, the pots are just too hot to take any more and we are left at the bar in no doubt that the LP must be considered as a genuine classic of the genre.
Once again beautifully co-mixed and mastered by SImon James (Black Channels/The SimonSound/Akiha Den Den), CiS056 is a limited edition of just 300 stunning heavyweight 180g black vinyl LPs. The stunning artwork by Nick Taylor playfully draws on the OSCar design, replicating the distinctive black rubberized components as designed by OSC product designer, Anthony Harrison-Griffin.