Multi-instrumentalist composer and Dj, Harry Davis from Philadelphia Pa, has released the 10 track album “Electric Groove”, featuring the vocals of UK songstress, Gina Ellen. This album is a cacophony of assorted beats that span semblances of drum and base, jungle, break beat, progressive house, trance, and just about anything in between. Ambient, atmospheric, and a vast array of subtle electronic sounds, voices and effects are the threads of this magnificent tapestry.
Sequences and themes heard in the beginning of this set with “Bass On”, can be heard congruently and with more intensity through the entire aural myth that Davis spins. Gina Ellen glides into the mix via song two, “Forever Loving You”. Her arrival is much like a faraway horn through cascading fog. Davis optimizes the electronic scene providing tonal supplications of longing and mystery.
What makes it so unique is that there are many discernible peaks, but not in that shimmering, magical sense, no, this set has a spiritual, hypnotic and meditative flow to it. It is not about traditional slow build-ups, peaks, and breakdowns.
This is a different landscape of sound that flows as consistently and fluidly as crystal water in a stream, but with a deep turmoiled abyss underneath it. Harry Davis seems to seek and find a niche with this album, putting together many unique and euphorically rhythmic sounds to create a very innovative piece of music that sets itself apart from the rest.
Even in the most accessible and melodic vocal tracks like “Talking To You” and “Walking Away”, there are aggressively forward moving elements – either in the percussion or synths – to distract your attention from the main theme. It does not matter whether you love it, hate it or find it boring.
You will still have to admit that there is at least one mind numbing track on this album that will keep you going back to it until eventually you are at your computer at 2 am in the morning, trying unconsciously or not, to find out just what is going on inside of it.
My favorite tracks come in the form of the last two on the album, “Come Home” and “Hipon”. I’m not completely sure why that is. The tracks have insistent bass lines coupled with repetitive layered rhythms; overall, it has a tribal feel that I find incredibly hypnotic.
All throughout the album Harry Davis shows that no matter what the style of music he’s producing, he can put together a first-class mix and arrangement, and we, the listeners, are the ultimate beneficiaries. For some, this will be a unique experimental experience, for others a spiritual one, while some will find it more of an emotional ride.
Others still might find all of the above and more. Truth is Harry Davis creates alternative soundscapes with a myriad of washes of sound, harmonics and groovy undertones.