Summer Mix is rave music for the ambient generation. The Automatics Group finds the beauty of math (specifically the Fourier Transform), by turning dance music into something akin to digital spectral music. For this mystical journey they use the Fourier Transform to remove a lot of the recognizable elements transforming the entire thing into something new and startlingly moving. Process aside, the Automatics Group manages to highlight the transcendent beauty that rests within the very soul of pop music even that considered ‘lifeless’. Ultimately sincere the music ends up revealing what rests beneath the compressed sounds of Pan Van Dyke and Deadmau5, to name but a few. What is remarkable is the incredible clarity that exists within each particular piece. Impossible to pick out the specific artists, the main driving force is the pulsating rhythm which emanates from the extremely repetitive nature of the original pieces. In fact a lot of the humanity of the work’s hyper-digital nature appears to have laid the foundation that other artists (most notably TCF) have since followed. Hence Peter Worth and Theo Burt show to the listener that supposedly mass-produced faceless dance ‘hits’ can possess greater depth than they might at first seem.
Opening with “Swedish House Mafia/PJ feat Velvet/Roll Deep/Paul Van Dyk/Deepest Blue/Supermode” the Automatics Group is upfront about its source material. The resulting has nothing immediately recognizable from any of those artists. Rhythms form out of the sonic ether as a sense of definition flirts with the amorphous sound. Sudden shifts define much of the song whose extended play helps to reinforce the sense of the infinite. Akin to a rave the music appears to keep on rising up higher and higher into the stratosphere. For the highlight and longest piece “Deadmau5/Mason Vs. Princess Superstar/Riva Starr/Sash!/Motorcycle/4 Strings/PPK/DHT/Tiësto” the Automatic Group essentially rule over an orchestra where they filter out so much yet leave the persistent beat. Thus the music moves at a breakneck speed with its disco ball nature reflecting upon every possibility. Combinations feel limitless as the duo roam amongst the freed textures. Halfway through the piece they explore perhaps a series of wonderful luxurious grooves, as even the beats become nearly decipherable. Volume controls are let loose on “sonique_grace_gouryella” as the piece threatens to become uncomfortably loud although it never quite does. Gently closing the album is the reflective “roger sanchez_eric prydz”.
The Automatics Group explore that weird in-between space between academic and dance music. Unsurprisingly, their music has a lot in common with other playful artists such as EVOL and Mark Fell, both of whom take a very different approach on sound synthesis. Aptly named, Summer Mix conjures up images of perfect breezes, of the clear blue skies that rest peacefully overhead on hot summer days. Summer Mix is something to get immersed in to get completely lost within the constantly morphing textures that make up the pieces. It is a simply stunning release and everything anyone could ever want.