EP: Blue Vitriol - The Beach (1999)
The Beach is a 3-track EP of classic, vintage Blue Vitriol, available for the first time in handy Mp3 and Flac formats. These songs were finished in late 1999 using methods very different from our current tricks, so they have a raw feel compared to our newer material. But some elements have remained constant (a little bit of dub, and our obsession with cheeky, sci-fi sampling).
The Beach ranges from a downtempo trip-hop number about endorphins, to a frantic, proto-drill n' bass (we call it toy monkey style) song about talking to the dead, to our epic, skittering trip across the face of drum n' bass that took us months of cutting and pasting to program. In those days, we feasted on a steady diet of Mu-Ziq and Squarepusher (hence the self-aware Mu-ziq references). These songs reflect their influence without overtly sounding much like them (despite our best efforts).
We'd also like to point out that we didn't really know what we were doing at the time, but worked really hard at it, so we feel the result has a certain charm... For example, we didn't know anything about breakbeats, so we made our own from scratch, and ended up with a very unique (if somewhat silly) sound.
Blue Vitriol - The Beach
Blue Vitriol - Slab
Blue Vitriol - Pomponio (Another Beach)
Download the cover art: Front Back
Also available in Ogg: 01 02 03 and Flac (lossless): 01 02 03