A big favourite in his native Ireland. Edwin ‘Corrugated Tunnel’ Jameshas been performing and recording since ’90s, but don’t worry if youhadn’t heard of him before now, neither had I until this little numberlanded on the IDJ doormat, and it’s a great place to start
From its scatterbrained, psy-style electrofunk intro (‘Thebionic hustle’)to its wonderfully melodic electronic outro (‘Adieu’),’We are Electronix; is one varied platter that shouldn’t fail tosurprise or entice from the off.
And with any luck it will really put Mr.Tunnel’s name on themap when it comes to razor sharp electronica. From sultryspine-tingling soundscapes such as ‘Frozen Farmhouse Landscape; and’Chainsmoking Monkey’ to cheeky-yet-mournful off-beat house (‘LostTransmission’), rampant techno pressure (‘The Snare’) and ravey,Radioactive Man-style electro (‘West Jam’), Edwin manages to easehimself into every style like it was his very own Capri Mark I.
Coming at you like Kraftwerk jamming with Eno and Daft Punk ona low budget, this is well worth a listen… just sit back, soak up thesounds and it’ll all make sense.
4/5 Dave Jenkins