Sewer of cosmic soundscapes, doctor of the atmospheric arts, Ballard resident Noel Brass, Jr. is the keyboardist in, and bandleader of neighborhood funk institution Afrocop (catch them work their monthly house band gig at the Stepping Stone this Saturday night if you have thus far managed to sleep on such funk). Brass is also an accomplished electronic producer, who's solo work (found here) consists of expansive ambient movements that are prone to settle in the more far-out regions of your brain space. His most recent work, Soulgazer, is a prime example of such ambient far-outness, and has drawn the creative attention of once-local producer RUMTUM, who has reformed pieces of the original into six highly accessible songs on Soulgazer Reworked. As source material, the alternately eerie, and contemplative Soulgazer proves incredibly fruitful, and RUMTUM has a field day with a host of drum patterns.
RUMTUM (peep his other stuff here, here, and here if you have time) is the fantastic production handle of Cleveland native John Thomas, who brushed elbows with Brass at Sonic Boom during Thomas' brief, six-month stint as a Seattleite this year. Brass lets on that a collaborative, long distance full-length project is in the works (Thomas now stays in Denver), which we will welcome with open ears. In the meantime, groove to Soulgazer Reworked, you won't regret it.