Solvent "RDJCS5ep" (vinyl EP - 2020 repress)
Label / CAT#: Suction Records / suction022 (repress)
Format: 12-inch vinyl EP / digital
Release date: November 27, 2020
This repress is limited to 100 copies!
50 here on Suction Shop, and 50 via Bleep:
Solvent’s “RDJCS5ep” was originally released in 2011 in an edition of 300 copies, and quickly sold out. The EP was made entirely with a very special Yamaha CS-5 synthesizer, owed by David Borean, who now co-runs Suction Records alongside Solvent. This CS-5 was previously owned by Richard D. James and has the liner notes to Aphex Twin’s seminal “Selected Ambient Works Volume II” hand-etched on the bottom of it. Those etchings were photographed and used for SAWII’s artwork.
Fast forward to 2020, and David has decided to sell the Yamaha CS-5 - it’s currently up for auction on Ebay. We decided to use the opportunity to take some new photos, and to create a special 1-off repress of Solvent’s “RDJCS5-ep” to mark the occasion. Our 2020 repress is strictly limited to 100 copies, and comes in an all-new full-colour, reverse board jacket, along with two Yamaha CS-5 postcards. Like the original, our 12” repress contains an additional noise/drone piece at the end of side B. Entitled "Sandpaper”, this cut is individually hand-etched by Solvent, directly cut into the vinyl, for a one-of-a-kind cut/click/loop experience. Here’s what we wrote about the EP in 2011:
Occasionally one reads about some musical instrument with an illustrious past, such as Jimi Hendrix's guitar or John Lennon's piano, selling for exorbitant amounts of money at auction. And typically, that's the last of it; the instrument disappears into some rich collector's display case, never to be heard from again. Here then, is a bit of a different story. In April 2006, a Yamaha CS-5 monosynth once owned by Richard D. James (Aphex Twin), with the actual liner notes for his landmark "Selected Ambient Works Volume II" etched into the bottom, was sold at VEMIA auction. The winning bidder was in fact a friend of Solvent’s, and the synth ended up residing not in a display case, but in Solvent's studio on generous long-term loan.
"RDJCS5ep” - a new 4-track 12-inch / digital EP by Solvent - is the result. This is suction022. Each and every sound on this record came from RDJ's old CS-5, painstakingly programmed and multi-tracked by Solvent over the course of several months. The limited capabilities and sound palette of this humble little synth provided quite a challenge but ultimately the results are not merely an exercise in technical synth-nerdery; "RDJCS5ep” speaks more of Solvent's musical kinship to thee Analord. The opening track "Curtains" bears similarity to early Rephlex signing Bochum Welt, while "Radiator," "Mould" and "Tassels" each contain hallmarks of the classic AFX sound. At the same time, each track also sounds distinctly and unmistakably 'Solvent’.
B3. Sandpaper *
* Vinyl-exclusive - features a playable etching, individually hand-etched by Solvent for a 1-of-a-kind cut/click/loop experience.