Afterlife – Summer Of Love – Subatomic

As summer draws to its natural conclusion Afterlife celebrates the occasion with this latest EP. The heady title track sees the warm expanse of the season stretched out over gentle pulses of drums, alongside jazzy reflections multiplying keys of all shapes and sizes. Next, FOU adds a Jamaican flavour to its rhythms offset this time by a twist of melted electrical impulse. To See You Again then sets the pulses racing as introspective improvisation gathers up a wealth of emotions, while the equally wonderful The Quiet (co-written by Tudor Moore who incidentally also composed the sublime Blu Bar with Steve Miller) follows suite. Producing smoky, bluesy after dark adventures the charge of horn blasts alongside the compelling whir of atmospheric synthesizers elevates the escapade to the full. Code Red completes the treasure trove with a more playful bounce again channelling thoughts of Caribbean sunshine into the mix, although of course all via Afterlife’s inevitable charm and care of detail.

Release: August 21



Afterlife – Everything Is Now – Subatomic

Music is about feeling. Right? The bottom line is where the depths of emotion reach out to. It may cause you to feel a, b, or c (maybe all three at once). Some music you listen to, you nod your head, and it passes by. Neither really here nor there. Functional cause and effect. Then there exists music like this. So, on that very note: Afterlife.

Steve Miller’s production guise will doubtless suggest certain things to certain people but what he has achieved with this new album is quite breath-taking. In certain part that is down to the sheer wealth of ideas which have been incorporated into this freshly imagined musical equation, defying, then defining expectation. There’s a sense of play here which doesn’t get tied down to any particular notion, or indeed feel tired after the longevity of creating music of quality for decades. There is also a sense of joy as the sounds play on. Take the second track, Back To Mine for example which contains the sort of beautifully executed chord sequence that sends shivers rushing all over the spine – the true indication of bliss. Or even the tougher dancefloor pulses sparking Berimbau to life, follow that by the deep string intensity that sees Celluloid resonate across the horizon. All of this is music exploring everything. Which then brings us right back to the title of the album – a statement in itself. But not before tasting the fragrant African flourishes of Kora, Kora, Kora and the broken rhythms of Shelter, via the Mashti remix of keynote Afterlife number: Speck of Gold, which again retells a story from the artists rich history of reference (another avenue to explore). Back to the beginning. Music is indeed all about reflecting what you feel about life, love and everything.

Release: June 7