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The Drift Ceiling Sky

  • Words: Scott Thill
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

This repurposed compilation of vinyl-only tracks and remixes by leftfield San Francisco instrumentalists The Drift is either an excellent appetizer or chaser to their singular effort Noumena [having to do with cognition]. The band is also all about the mind, and their stark but jazzed atmospheres can send yours into a wonderland of chilled introspection. From the light strums of "Nozomi" to the arrhythmic bump of "Streets," it feels like Coltrane and Tortoise got together, got high, and got busy on the groove. Four Tet's kinetic remix of Noumena's "Gardening, Not Architecture" jacks up the pulse and, along with Sybarite's space-funk slice-and-diced "Invisible Cities," positions The Drift as one of the most fertile sonic gardens around.

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