You can’t help thinking of an inspired Dj Shadow. You just can’t. The use of very emotional uplifting samples supported by a loud gritty bassline gives you that little something you needed to dive into the sultry spirit of dark back alley funk clubs.
Elements re-released on his Soundcloud page displays a large array of inspiring moments of the music of the 70’s. Ars Nova Please Don’t Go Now’s sample made certainly the best track – Your Ghost -, (to my mind) composed by Michal.
This re-release was preceeded by the pressing of vinyl available on SuperBest Records HERE!
Here are a few words by Michal Menert :
Elements is a tribute to alchemy, the transformation of matter. I always believed that sampling has the potential to transform a dusty, forgotten moment into a vibrant landscape of fantastic impossibilities. Music has an alchemic property, transforming silence into song, nothing into something. I chose Fire, Air, Water, and Earth, the four basic element of alchemy, as seeds for these songs.
The first, Slivers of Light, represents fire, the sun, and the light given by both. Your Ghost, a song dedicated to the memory of my father Tadeusz Menert, signifies the element of air, and the unseen spirits therein. Eventide’s two parts embody the duality of water: Part 1 is the turbulent high tide, water’s destructive powers, crashing along the shores into Part 2, which sweeps through the lifegiving and cleansing properties, a low tide of sorts. The album closes with Quiet Earth, a song for my mother, Jolanta, as well as the earth that we chisel away at as a species. This song begins with the noise of humanity, with a lone voice cry out “Do you see, just what you mean to me” until the commotion calms, signifying the end of us, a finality, a quiet earth.
I hope you enjoy what I consider my favorite work so far, remastered and released as a whole, digitally, for the first time ever.
Produced by Michal Menert (except Quiet Earth, produced by Michal Menert and Mux Mool)
You can stream and download for free the digital release here :