Naarm/Melbourne-based producer Tim Shiel expands the sonic universe of his Australian Music Prize-nominated album Distractions One with a companion album of variants, dubs and alternate mixes.
This is more than a remix package. Variants plays more like an alternate version of the original album, beamed in from another universe where the beats are harder and the vibe is further out.
It opens with a swirling piece of Lynchian sound design that invokes what follows: a blissful surreal trip driven by house pulses, punctuated by synth flourishes & starring an expanded cast of characters drawn from Tim's tight inner circle and beyond.
Genre-blending dance alchemists Close Counters contribute a broken-beat reinvention of Tim's boom-bap collab with ARIA-award winning phenom Genesis Owusu, while rising star of the Melbourne club scene FOURA brings a euphoric UKG touch to Together Again.
A dubbed-out version of early single Right In Front Of You pushes Braille Face's vocals to the back and brings the horns to the front, courtesy of Will Morrissey (Vance Joy band) on sax and Jonathan Baker (Anatole) on trumpet.
Tim also spins up his own thumping re-edits of album cuts Get Into Your Love, Call Me Back! and Together Again, inspired by the long tradition of the leftfield late-nite rework - from Arthur Baker's 1980s acid club edits through to modern-day Belgian wizards Soulwax, and everything in between.
The album's delicate denouement is a simple but effective "piano mix" of album highlight Sparrow. All of Tim's too-intricate bells and whistles are removed, leaving behind a deeply nourishing vocal/piano ballad that ruminates on memory and mindfulness.
released March 2, 2022
Music made by Tim Shiel with:
Emma Kelly - choir on 1
Jonathan Baker - trumpet on 2
Will Morrissey - sax on 2
Genesis Owusu - vocals on 3, 7
Lucy Roleff - vocals on 4
Nik Mitchell - vocals on 5
Luke Howard - piano on 5
Matt Ridgway - moog bass on 6
Andrew Phillips - synth on 6
Leah Kardos - piano on 9
Track 2 mastered by Andrei Eremin
Track 3 mastered by Wayne Sunderland
Track 4, 7 mastered by Brendan Zacharias
Track 5 mastered by Ben Safire
Track 4 contains samples of "Get Into Your Love" by Tim Shiel & Lucy Roleff.
Track 6 contains samples of "Between Friends" by Tim Shiel.
Track 5, 8 contains samples of "Spirit Home" by Tim Shiel feat. Luke Howard, and "Together Again" by Tim Shiel and NIK NAVY.
Track 9 contains samples of "Contact Mic" by Leah Kardos.
Luke Howard appears by courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited.
Artwork generated by Tim Shiel via Artbreeder's generative adversarial networks, using original photography from Andy Hatton.
The "Cantique" open-source typeface was designed by Sébastien Hayez & Ariel Martín Pérez for Velvetyne Fonts.
supported by 6 fans who also own “Distractions One: Variants”
Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell
supported by 5 fans who also own “Distractions One: Variants”
My favorite artists are ones who aren't afraid to try something completely different. I hear Charles Stepney, David Axelrod's Earth Rot, Steve Reich, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and others in this, but it's undeniably Sault in the end. As usual, probably my favorite album of the year. mackro