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Quick Smart ★★★

Psy­chonav­i­ga­tion Records

It’s a brave record la­bel owner that will stick their heads above the para­pet by is­su­ing their own mu­sic on their la­bel. Be­fore you can say the words “van­ity pro­ject”, it’s cru­cial to note that Psy­chonav­i­ga­tion Records’ head hon­cho, Keith Downey, has waited more than 20 years to flog his per­sonal wares.

Quick Smart is an of­ten im­pres­sive mix­ture of beats, rhythms, found sounds, bird­song, sine wave squeals, over­heard di­a­logue (in­clud­ing Span­ish and Ital­ian), clas­si­cal at­mos­pheres and misty mood shapers. Across four tracks (the short­est,

Grass, is more than nine min­utes; the long­est, Trans­fer of Deed, Pt

1 & 2, is more than 21 min­utes), a re­flec­tive ur­ban mood is evoked, with Downey most ably pit­ting him­self against those mu­si­cians whose work he has pre­vi­ously re­leased. psy­chonav­i­ga­tion­records.com

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