“Plastic Starfish” – Tal M. Klein (Aniligital) [ALBUM] February 19, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
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Somewhere around 1996, a young Tal M. Klein met Dave Marino during a late night talk show called “The Saturday Night Hangover” on his university radio station. Idle banter turned to serious chat, and Dave made the brave move of letting Tal into his recording studio in Belmont, New York. The rest, as they say, is history.
Tal M. Klein has been releasing music on his San Francisco based Aniligital Music label since 1997, using it as a platform to put out records under his moniker at that time, Trancenden. After a handful of albums (“Nicotine Fits & Analogue Beats” in 1998, “Peace Love Beats” in 2001, and “Alpha-Beats” in 2004), he became fed up of people assuming he was a trance DJ and reassumed his birth name. Away from his many side-projects ranging from country blues, 80’s synth pop and composing music for television & film use (MTV, “Long Board TV” and even porn!), Tal can often be spotted DJing in the same circles as Ursula 1000, Fort Knox Five, All Good Funk Alliance, Bonobo, Mr. Scruff and James Murphy. In 2006 he even wrote and produced a tongue-in-cheek minimal pop EP under the moniker The Hotness, which has been selling tracks like hotcakes on iTunes, just to see what it would sound like if he made a pop album.
He considers crate digging to be an intrinsic and important part of his creative and artistic process: “Finding that perfect record, to me, is like winning the chocolate, money, and sex lottery”. His love of breaks started back in 1996 when making DJ mixtapes for his friends. He started experimenting with records, playing the “bonus beats” on a hip hop 12″ at 45 rpm. All of a sudden, these tracks took on a new, faster, funkier persona. He would blend them using wave editors to make “tracks” out of these super mixes and release those as 12″s. As time progressed he learnt about multi-tracking, mixing, and harmonies, almost the entire album you have before you was constructed from samples, with a few exceptions where he laid down a few keys of his own.
Indeed, “Plastic Starfish” is very much a return to form for Mr Klein. While the name is essentially arbitrary the content is far from it, sporting sampledelic funk and disco right from the Aretha Franklin sampling offset through to the Lemon Jelly-esque finale.
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