Laswell, Bill / Final Oscillations
Album: Final Oscillations   Collection:General
Artist:Laswell, Bill   Added:Jun 2003
Label:Forced Exposure  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-08-25 Pull Date: 2003-10-27 Charts: Electronic
Week Ending: Oct 12 Oct 5 Sep 28 Sep 14 Aug 31
Airplays: 1 1 1 3 1

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 11, 2003: Morning Glory
Oscillations Remix/Nico
4. Sep 12, 2003: 15 MIles til Sunday
2. Oct 01, 2003: press and release
5. Sep 11, 2003: Umami Jazz Program
3. Sep 25, 2003: Poptronica
6. Sep 10, 2003: Umami Jazz Program

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-08-18
This is a compendium (reissue) of the two volumes of Oscillations material plus the remix album through which Laswell staked his claim in the drum and bass movement of a decade ago now. Since this was near the front end of the d ‘n’ b era, things are pretty straightforward – deep basslines, double, triple, and quadruple speed “drum” breaks and a bit of frippery to keep things varied. Conclusion, ten years on: the project started out hot (and those parts remain an exciting listen) but degenerated into a mind-numbing morass by the second volume

CD 1:
1. Percussion-focused
2. Fat bassline and flutes
3. Frantic drums, laid-back bass
4. Relatively natural drum track and pretty melodic bass part (though the bass is hardly there)
5. Monster bass groove
6. A bit of an Eastern drone at the start, then a pretty brutal drum track and a stalking bass; almost rock
7. Another monster bassline over a simple but insistent rhythm; reminds me a lot actually of Aphrodite’s jump-up style
8. Cut-up; glitchy, choppy
9. More hip-hop than d ‘n’ b but still has that outlaw spirit, sick samples, chopped up rap (with the f-word semi-prominent)
10. Downbeat and ominous, in the Wordsound style that Spectre is known for – no vox though

CD 2:
1. Mellow bass verses alternating with distorted guitar power-chord choruses
2. Nondescript burbly bass
3. Slow dub piece with lots of random bits coming and going in the mix
4. Mid-tempo and perhaps a bit evocative of a left-field thriller’s soundtrack
5. Mildly aggressive buzzing over standard breaks
6. The (ever-so-slightly) Indian breakbeat mix … well, there’s a tabla, after all
7. And another unmemorable doze-fest to finish

Track Listing
1. Digitaria   9. Milky Rmx/Dj Grazhoppa
2. Faktura   10. Repercussions/Spectre
3. Dislocation   11. Virus
4. Extinguisher   12. Autopia
5. 3RD Stage Navigator   13. El Hombre Invisible
6. Wird   14. Red Night
7. Oscillations Remix/Nico   15. Very Optimistic Dog Mix/Ui
8. Digital Cut-Up/Atom Heart   16. Live Pop Mix/Vedic
  17. Low Membrane Mix/Scanner