John Ov3rblast – Lost Heavens

John Ov3rblast – Lost Heavens Double LP
Official date release 15 June 2018 from Spaceal Orbeats.

Review from Aivazovsky Waves

It’s hard to grasp the actual amount of music that the Greece-born, England-based Spaceal Orbeats founder who goes by the name John Ov3rblast has produced since his first release saw the light of day in 2010. Scattered over a myriad of sites on the web as well as physical formats, his tracks come close to a thousand in total—and even they don’t add up to his entire body of work, as his podcast appearances often consist of completely fresh material, improvised on-fly and provided for free download. Naturally, his sound direction has changed dramatically over the years, but even his first EP bears similarities to his most recent works which effectively proves that he remains true to his roots as a producer.

And as if frequent output of EPs wasn’t enough to enrich his discography, he went ahead and presented the world with his biggest release up to date—a magnum opus that carries over the number of his LPs to double digits. Few minutes shy of three hours, Lost Heavens is presented as a double LP counting 21 tracks that encompass an extensive range of styles, tempos and applications, lovingly united in one place with purpose of creating a lucid, lasting narrative.

It starts with Aether’s ancestral memory stimulating, resonant ethnic vocals that greet the listeners in a solemn manner and an evident intent to inform that they are in for a dramatic, emotional experience. This statement is strongly supported by Beyond Words, Another World, Hydri, Fire It Up, and to some degree—Raw Materials together with titular composition Lost Heavens, whose deeply pounding percussion is matched appropriately with their basslines’ heavy lean on melancholy.

Barring that, good examples of alternative sounding are Advanced Escapism, Nebula, Orion, Reconstructions, Revolter, Zone 2 as well as Motion Device, all of which feature tones that are either less gloomy or presented fully in major key and offer more of the driving, instigating rhythms that will unquestionably do well on the floor.

Not to dismiss a fair chunk of downtempo, drone and ambient-pertinent trips apart from the intro—Elegy, Eternity, Onslow, The Silent Breathers and also beauty-of-a-piece The Girl With The Sun In Her Head—crestfallen and enchanting at the same time—are all passing on prominent kicks and could arguably be released as a standalone EP, but all appearing here as interludes, as to get the listeners’ ears some time for respites in between the intense techno and tech-house workouts.

Opting to finish the narrative and round up the album with a synthwave-leaning, arpeggiated closers, John chose a cinematic interlude Bless, which could as well be used to score metropolis-overlooking scenes in Blade Runner, and Celestial Copy, whose initially minimalist kicks come to widely reverberated fruition, serving a big-room clique more of the spatial beats for desert.

With such a buffet of treats to choose from, it’s practically guaranteed that no fan of Ov3rblast’s or Spaceal Orbeats’ will end up unfulfilled after he reaches the end of this lasting musical journey, and if there is a dub techno rookie out there who’s yet to acquaint himself with Ov3rblast’s productions, Lost Heavens inarguably makes a great release to start with.

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