Vinyl Corner : Kit Grill ‘Ride’

Vinyl Corner is a feature where we take a look at vinyl pressings of various albums and weigh them up to see just how good they sound, how well they’re pressed and what sort of packaging to expect – as well as giving a brief overview of the music itself. This time, we’re spinning a new release from alternative-electro tunesmith Kit Grill.

The Music:

London-based producer and instrumentalist Kit Grill has been fighting the good fight in the gauzier, more impressionistic realms of electronic music for some time now, yet the recently-released ‘Ride’ is only the second full-length LP of his career. Those familiar with earlier strands of his sporadic yet engaged output will find his touch lighter than ever here. Those coming to his work for the first time, meanwhile, will encounter an artist whose woozily atmospheric instrumentals strike the right notes between a late-night chill-out session and the wide-eyed wonder of an early morning meander through abandoned streets. Just slightly eerie without ever committing to anything quite so obvious as the outright ominous, ‘Ride’ is a collection of sonic musings subtle enough to evoke a range of different emotions in any number of listeners yet firm enough in its convictions to lend its author a clear sonic identity.

The Pressing:

Pressed by the Czech Republic’s ever-popular GZ Media, this mid-weight slab of black wax has been issued in a limited edition and boasts all the usual hallmarks of stout quality control that can be expected of a GZ pressing. Admittedly, their output isn’t always the most reliable – we’ve heard more than a few letdowns from them over the years – but this release fortunately isn’t one of them. Indeed, it’s actually a commendably clean pressing throughout, boasting a low noise floor and tidy playback free of any obvious defects. Though not the heaviest slab of wax we’ve ever handled, it does sit flat on the platter during playback and is free of the surface marking which all-too-often appears on modern pressings due to slack standards at the production line.

The Packaging:

Just as with the pressing itself, ‘Ride’s packaging and presentation certainly errs towards dependable minimalism. The cover itself is a standard-width, non-gatefold affair wrought from a light cardstock that nevertheless looks and feels fine in hand, with a visual aesthetic befitting of the minimalistic sonics of the music itself. The record is sleeved in a generic, non-polylined inner, so we would naturally advise caution when accessing the wax inside.

Final Thoughts:

Kit Grill’s ‘Ride’ is likely to be of interest to those who prefer their electronica filtered through a veil of mystery and, for those sufficiently impressed by its grooves and atmospheres, the vinyl release provides a solid, functional way to enjoy them.

Enjoyed this feature? We’re always looking for further albums to highlight on Vinyl Corner – and if you have a vinyl release that you’d love to see written about here, please get in touch at martin.leitch@gigsoupmusic.com – it would be great to hear from you!

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