Following July’s single release of ‘Perplexer/Violet’, which featured a remix from Orlando Voorn and November’s second single ‘Only U’ with re-workings provided by Mark Broom and Luis Martinez, Carl Taylor now releases his second studio album ‘True Faith’ in the new year.
Carl’s previous releases can be found on the likes of Bugged Out, F-Comm, Dust Science, Advanced and F1 Recordings, as well as his Warehouse Trax series, which has built him a reputation for delivering a range of techno from tougher, dirty edged, dancefloor beats to blissfully melodic tracks, yet always feature his signature depth and soulfulness.
“Everyone is an expert nowadays telling you how things should be done. In the quest for acceptance and reward people often conform. Many producers today are taking a uniform approach that leaves me cold.”
This mass quest for the 'perfect' approach to making music seems to have railroaded lots of people into an insecure state of mind. Also, electronic music can often be accused of being sterile and lacking in personality, as the connection between idea and output becomes looser.
“Each track was sequenced on the MPC with arrangements created live to keep analysis to a minimum. For me, thinking too much often kills the art - which then reduces it to a refinement of over consideration and reflection. I feel this is inferior to the burst of emotion and rapid thought that comes with an initial idea. Ultimately I want the listener to hear as much of me as possible, not the machines.”
Musically the album shows diversity. The dance floor is represented heavily with 'Lost Memories', 'Orbit' and 'Onyx' leading the charge with that all-important funk left intact. Tracks like ‘Only U’, ‘Edge of Forever’ and 'Violet' tear back the layers and reveal the passion and evident love of the art that underpins the albums ethos.
“Overall I wanted to try and recreate the production vibe from when I was a teenager. The naivety, adventure and excitement of discovering how to make music. This to me, is the ultimate reward.”
1. Lost Memories
2. Only U
3. Edge of Forever
5. Chordal Link
6. Guiding Light