Shade Rather Than Light: Anthology | One

On March 1, 2019, See Blue Audio was launched with the inaugural release coming from Romanian producer Gabriel Slick. Using his Gabriel Slick, RoboCrafting Material guise reserved for the more experimental and ambient side of his tech house and techno sound, the four-track ‘Contact’ EP with its futuristic soundscapes perfectly illustrates the See Blue Audio ethos of ‘shade rather than light’. 

Two years on to the day, the label’s second release of 2021 sees the return of Gabriel Slick, RoboCrafting Material with ‘Dream Catcher’, an exclusive new track only available as part of the first See Blue Audio compilation, ‘Shade Rather Than Light: Anthology | One’. The concept is simple: take one track from each release on the label to represent the full spectrum of music on See Blue Audio so far. Completing the picture is ‘Dream Catcher’ as the sixteenth track on the sixteenth release, which closes the first cycle of the label. 

All seven artists are represented ranging from the deep techno and ambient dub of Gabriel Slick and the mysterious Khuenzz to the ambient textures, glitchy electronics and modern classical overtones of Steve Hadfield and Fragile X. The cinematic qualities of f5point6 and shadowy ambience of Mink Freud have added further dimensions to See Blue Audio, while the recent ‘Nature in Nature’ EP by Simon McCorry with its atmospheric improvisations and analogue modular synthesis has provided a fitting soundtrack to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and strange times we are living in. 

'Passing the Ley Lines’ mastered by Richard Jones at Dark Fidelity Hi Fi Studios. 

'Prometheus' mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12k Mastering

Photography: R. Cleveland Aaron

Released on See Blue Audio

01 March 2021