Future Pilot A.K.A.

Future Pilot A.K.A. Vs. a Galaxy of Sound

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So named in part because of the range of collaborative musicians and other artists who worked with Dade, A Galaxy of Sound excellently showcases his bedrooom/electronic style, on the order of the fine work from the Slabco label and collective in Seattle. The list of names alone is impressive enough -- Andrew Weatherall via Two Lone Swordsmen, ex-Fall member Brix Smith, Suicide singer Alan Vega, and legendary '60s musician/huckster Kim Fowley, not to mention local Glasgow legends James Kirk and the Pastels. End results are what matter, though, and while some numbers are mostly there rather than anything special, things hit more often than not for Dade and company. His music tends towards the softly echoing in its rhythms and production, low-key loops (when present) instead of brutal in-yer-face riffs and hits. Sometimes it's the choice of collaborator that brings the elements of passion and drama out the best -- the Two Lone Swordsmen number, "The Gates to Film City," starts the collection off feeling like modern Bollywood opening credits fanfare, strings, chimes, and beat all blending together. The strong strut of "World Wide Web" is another winner, with the Ranjit Nagar All Stars keeping the beat and adding some great trumpet to boot, while the Pastels do a good slow burn on the Red Krayola's "Hurricane Fighter Plane." Other times gentle simplicity is all that's needed -- one of Kirk's numbers, "Rest and Be Thankful," ranks right up there, his soft guitar chime sounding like a sweet summer dream through the gauze of reverb. Pianist Bill Wells works with Dade on three tunes, all of which have a nice touch of late-night elegance to them, Dade credited with double bass and "reverberations." Perhaps the coolest song is Dade's collaboration with fellow Indian-descended Brits Cornershop, "Teri Mitti Bani," a dreamy combination of sounds -- dub, sitar, electric guitar, keyboard psych gloss, and more -- turning into an addicting collage that's some of the truest modern U.K. pop music around.

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