Fluxion is a dub techno figurehead and this release of his has been out of print for a VERY long time – almost fifteen years. Fluxion will be mentioned in the same breath as Basic Channel / Rhythm & Sound or any time the cult¬†Chain Reaction label is talked about. Hailing from Greece, Konstantinos Soublis produce dub techno that is meant for a nightclub, a lounge or just something to work to with its heavy bass and deep spacious dub chords.¬†Vibrant Forms was Fluxion’s first LP, but not his first release, as¬†Vibrant Forms¬†is merely a compilation of singles he released prior. From beginning to end, this compilation aims to please with tracks such as “Atlos” (from his first ever single), “Largo” (his third single) and “Lark.” If you want something relaxing, yet aggressive, at the same time this is for you. As far as how many transparent orange vinyl are pressed, it’s unfortunately not specified. With the uncertainty, I wouldn’t wait around if I were you as these seem to be going on a first-come first-serve basis. Check out the full Soundcloud stream of¬†Vibrant Forms below and see what you think of it. Cheers!
Initial orders come on orange transparent vinyl!
'Vibrant Forms' was released by the legendary Chain Reaction imprint back in 1999 on CD and has pretty much been unavailable since, first time on double vinyl now!
Kostas Soublis' productions under the Fluxion moniker helped define legendary Berlin imprint Chain Reaction, and with 1999's Vibrant Forms, the Greek producer released a milestone in the dub techno genre. Hazy and distant, there was still more than enough dancefloor push to propel Soublis into the (very short) list of genre legends, and make Vibrant Forms one of the very rare techno albums that works from beginning to end.
Out of press for far too long, this new edition of Vibrant Forms has been remastered and will finally see the entire album released on vinyl for the first time. The most shocking thing hearing it almost fifteen years after its original release however is how little it has dated. Soublis wisely avoided any cultural tropes, and the productions still sound fresh and deceptively alien. Through washes and waves of reverb and the faint thud of a kick drum the all-analogue productions contain a raw quality that is all too rare these days.
Just head to the album's elegiac closing number 'Opaque'. Upbeat and propulsive the track still maintains a deceptive calm, buoyed by swirling synthesizer washes and sizzling, tape saturate percussion. This is the way dub techno should sound - don't accept any imitations, Vibrant Forms is the real thing.
This reissue on Type has been completely remastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive