Release Date: Jul 29, 2013
Record label: Smalltown Supersound
Genre(s): Electronic, Electronica, Techno, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Experimental Techno, IDM
Rocketnumbernine have connections to musical luminaries as bright and varied as Four Tet, Radiohead, and Steve Reid, but their own approach comes to the fore on MeYouWeYou. During the years since their debut You Reflect Me, Ben and Tom Page have honed their mix of jazz, drone, and dance music into a more streamlined version of their debut's organic combinations and collisions of sound. Even if improv is still at the heart of Rocketnumbernine's creative process, these tracks feel more purposeful and developed, with the structure and drive that were sometimes missing previously.
RocketNumberNineMeYouWeYou[Smalltown Supersound; 2013]By Rob Hakimian; August 19, 2013Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGTweetRocketNumberNine make jazz-inflected space rock, and have been associated with several big names already in their short career, most notably Four Tet who has produced for them and collaborated with them, but also with legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid. This means that thus far they’ve mostly been in the shadows of the more well known act, but now it’s time for the brothers Tom and Ben Page, who comprise RocketNumberNine, to finally stand up and show their own worth with their debut album MeYouWeYou. They’ve opted to self-produce the album, which shows a certain level of intent, especially when you consider that the closing track is “Matthew and Toby,” which was already released as a single produced by Four Tet, but re-recorded to a shorter version here.
From Mickey Moonlight to Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mike Huckaby to A Guy Called Gerald, there has always been a vocal minority within electronic music who are ready to invoke the power of Sun Ra's astral jazz. 20 years on from the big man's death (or, as his hardcore devotees insist, his return to Saturn), the tributes continue. Last year, Zombie Zombie took Ra's afrofuturism as a jumping-off point for a playful homage in fizzing analogue electronics.
If you just looked at RocketNumberNine's credits (releasing material for Soul Jazz and Smalltown Supersound, collaborations with Four Tet, opening for Radiohead), you'd get a pretty good idea of the duo's musical M.O. On their debut full-length, MeYouWeYou, the London, UK-based Page brothers composed nine live drum and synth instrumental pieces that draw their energy from live performance more than texture and style. Tracks like the metallic "Steel Drummer" and the rubbery "Deadly Buzz" stretch out and take on their own distinct aural personalities.