Transmission Towers – Transmission One (2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Transmission Towers – Transmission One (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 53:17 minutes | 578 MB | Genre: Electronic, Downtempo, Deep House
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © É Soul Cultura

Aerials live, dials tuned, Transmission Towers broadcasting. On either side of the river Mersey, transcendental communications are traded back and forth. Two late-night revellers, one firing messages filled with music, the other returning them laced with lyrics. The result, a dopamine hit of oddball machine soul, melded with a highlife, Afrofuturist touch. Wonky and murky yet deeply emotional, Transmission One, is a debut album that also marks the first release on Luke Una’s É Soul Cultura label, encompassing expertly the off-kilter atmosphere the label sets to orbit.

A synthesised landscape with a Northern charm, Transmission Towers marry the musical worlds of two artists that last collaborated over a decade ago. 10 years have passed, lives have been led, but a gravitational pull has placed Mark Kyriacou and Eleanor Mante back in each other’s spheres on opposite sides of the city of Liverpool. Energised with a newfound desire to strip it all back to the sounds that influenced their formative years in the late ‘80s and ‘90s – astral travelling, intoxicated on Motor City techno, Black Dog IDM and mystical Sun Ra.

Mark half Irish, half Greek Cypriot, Eleanor half Nigerian, half Ghanian, the music contained within is an alchemy of those roots and the pivotal acts that buried deep into their minds. A cosmic contrast, part machine-made, part distinctly human. Take the opener ‘UP’, an ESG-channelling, sci-fi punk beatdown or the polychromatic hyperspace anthem ‘Roller Skater 23’.

Transportive throughout, you ride the solar waves, pace and emotion ebbing and flowing. Tracks like ‘Go Slow Heart’ and ‘Cosmic Trigger’ step to a slower beat but hit with a punch. The former, a slo-mo blast of celestial tenderness, the latter an otherworldly, chugged-out lunar excursion, micro-dosing on whacked-out Wah Wah and Eleanor’s ethereal vocals. Beaming love letters to space and back, ‘Sparse’ marries the organic with the artificial, pianos and percussion circling around synth pads and broadcasting bleeps.

Elsewhere, vibrations move faster. ‘Mega’ strikes, fusing sonic tribalism with psychedelic swirls, as ‘Everything’ sweeps you up in its extra-terrestrial new wave grip. Synth stabs and basslines fizzing from every angle.

Demos of Transmission Towers music surfaced on Luke Una’s radar, making him stop in his tracks. Something magical was emerging, perfectly aligned with the E Soul guardian’s tastes. Guidance followed, quickly turning into conversations about Transmission One becoming the first release on Luke’s own label.

Escapist and futurist yet grounded and relatable. Transmission One is synthesis meets sentiment with a deep, spine-tingling soul at its core.

Tracklist:
1-1. Transmission Towers – Up (03:49)
1-2. Transmission Towers – Roller Skater 23 (03:42)
1-3. Transmission Towers – Planetary Alignment (04:31)
1-4. Transmission Towers – Go Slow Heart (03:47)
1-5. Transmission Towers – Cosmic Trigger (05:06)
1-6. Transmission Towers – Mega (02:12)
1-7. Transmission Towers – Everything (05:44)
1-8. Transmission Towers – Sparse (04:21)
1-9. Transmission Towers – One (05:42)
1-10. Transmission Towers – Affirmation of Love (03:19)
1-11. Transmission Towers – My Shadow (04:57)
1-12. Transmission Towers – The Universal Drift (06:02)

Personnel:
Eleanor Anorbea Mante – Lyrics, Vocal and Percussion
Mark Kyriacos Kyriacou – Drum Machines, Synthesizers, Electronics and Vocal
Ian ‘Budgie’ Jones – Percussion and Additional Drums
Tom Sumnall – Bass Guitar
Stuart MacDonald – Guitar
Cait Walker – Cor Anglais on One and Go Slow Heart
Michelle Bee – Backing Vocals on One and Cosmic Trigger
Toby Baker – Piano on Affirmation of Love

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