Smith, Steve

One Member of Volt goes solo.
Smith, Steve
Michael Shipway - Spirit of Adventure

Artist: Michael Shipway
P: 199
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Admired by many for his very unique style and sense of adventure, this album is aptly titled. The cover evokes a real pioneering spirit and not for the first time the sleevenotes provide interesting and thought provoking reading. Electronic voice samples initially hint at a shift into Synthetik dance territory, however unmistakable Shipway refrains soon take centre stage and accompanied by characteristic chant samples and flutey synth the opening title track does not disappoint. 'Highland' breezes along on a chugging beat and features a very familiar theme played in a variety of voices and styles. It's good, but at seven minutes it does go on a bit. 'Evening Star' is another adroit offering with a measured main theme and immaculate backing. Another member of the 'Sequences theme club' follows, and its similarity to 'Highland' may explain a few things. It is played with rather more gusto though and hence is a more successful outing, but still rather predictable. The segue into track 5 is very impressive, and the form continues with a very infectious theme and a confident air which combine to great effect. 'Sanctuary' suggests monastery, monastery suggests monks, monks suggest Enigma, Enigma suggests a chugging beat, silken synths and monastic chants. A chugging beat, silken synths and monastic chants characterise 'Sanctuary'. 'Jamjar' is a dense collage of electric guitar and repetitive synth voices, and it works very well. 'The Navigator' slows the pace down and is a thoughtful interlude, while 'Temple' presents ethnic rhythms and voicings in a contemporary manner. 'Chameleon' expertly combines a variety of synth styles and really does show-case Michael Shipway's considerable talents. More traditional synth voices feature in 'The Visitor', another pleasing track which closes with PC vocals (alá Waveform's Virtual World) that introduce the next track... 'Expedition'. It's here that this album really gets into top gear. This really is a superb piece which has the lot; great themes, marvellous samples, and an infectious rhythm. Classic Shipway. The PC vocals continue on 'Oasis', heralding another Enigma beat and another excellent track. Had this album finished after track 9 I would have commented that it was an album of immaculately presented EM but that it was founded on very safe ground. However, the closing quartet of tracks really do transcend this album, and go a long way to justify its 'Spirit of Adventure title'. Shipway fans will delight at what's on offer here. Newcomers may well be impressed enough to investigate other MS albums. Really, you can't ask much more than that can you? GG

12,90 EUR
 
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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.224  01/14
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 224
01/2014

5,00 EUR
 
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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.265 06/17
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 265
06/2017
5,00 EUR
 
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Steve Smith + Robin Banks - Stealing Time

Artist: Steve Smith + Robin Banks
P: 2017
Steve Smith of Volt with a new duo in the style of Pyramaxx and FD Project!.

13,90 EUR
 
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Steve Smith + The Tylas Cyndrome - Pools of Diversity

Artist: Steve Smith + The Tylas Cyndrome
P:
2013
One member of Volt goes solo and plays melodic tunes like John Dyson,Paul Ward and Maxxess. He is also supported by the two musicians Les Sims and Alan Ford.

14,75 EUR
 
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Steve Smith - Phoenix Rising

Artist: Steve Smith
P: 2011

One member of Volt goes solo and plays melodic tunes like John Dyson and Paul Ward.

13,75 EUR
 
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