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  • Cat.No.: US007
  • Title: All My Love Ep
  • Artist: Rod
  • Type: 12"/CD

All My Love Ep

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Rod Morris from Dublin/Ireland presents with this release a truly emotional experience into his inner self. Lush Hip Hop breaks meet dreamy melodies, electric piano licks and deep seductive basslines sculpting a unique listening pleasure. The feeling of warmth and pureness arouses to define Rod's production essences where he is taking it to a very personal level.

Having already had huge responses from all over the place for the main track "All My Love" which appeared on the Neo Ouija compilation titled "Vestibule And Separate" Underscan is now making this song available on 12" for the first time. The release is also a joint venture between Irish based label Front End Synthetics (who offer the release on CD) and Underscan. Additionally the title track has been reworked by Spectac who runs Front End Synthetics and is heavily involved in the Irish electronic scene.

Rod’s deep affair with music has stemmed from an early love of electronic sound. Born and bred in Dublin, Rod studied piano, drums and music theory from an early age before packing it all in to focus on composition and sequencing. In his teens Rod began writing and producing hard breakbeat, a style that was to eventually mellow as his own taste in music broadened. His focus shifting to the melodic, and to greater degrees of subtlety. He has been making music quietly in his home studio for over 10 years, his music only recently appearing on various compilations from record labels such as Neo Ouija, Underscan & Dublin based Front End Synthetics. He is currently working on his first full length solo debut.


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Published in: boomkat.com

The title track on the 'All My Love' EP will undoubtedly be familiar to some through its inclusion on the Neo Ouija compilation 'Vestibule and Separate'. If you did hear it there, the good news is it's still as good as you remember. If you didn't, have you got a treat in store. Rob Morris began recording in his teens, favouring hard breakbeat but, as he discovered electronica and post-rock, his own music started to reflect this mellowing of taste and it is here that 'All My Love' currently finds him. A beautiful union of coldwater synths, axe-wielding bass, rustling beats and ethereal vocals, 'All My Love' is a stunning slice of downbeat electronica which displays a drifting proclivity that mirrors Sigur Ros in more electronic form. Backed up by 'All My Lovers', which belies his more rough hewn roots, and the analogue rumblings of 'Nova Scotia', Rod has produced a lovely EP which will hopefully indicate a rich creative seam has been struck ahead of his forthcoming debut album.


Published in: cut-up.com

Rod Morris uit Dublin komt hier met een voorproefje op zijn debuutalbum dat binnen niet al te lange tijd bij het Neo Ouija label dient te verschijnen. Helaas weten alleen de eerste zeven minuten te overtuigen. Zolang heeft namelijk het openingsnummer ‘All my love’ nodig om langzaam en bijna onopvallend tot een einde te kabbelen. Al eerder verschenen op de compilatie Cottage Industries 3 is dit ook veruit het beste nummer van de gehele EP. Met een dromerige vrouwenzang zoals het alleen maar ná Sigur Rós mogelijk is, een ouderwets orgel (digitaal geproduceerd of niet) dat enkele eenvoudige noten in herhaling speelt en een volle maar wijds opgezette baslaag, weet hij aan dit stuk een heerlijk traag en loom gevoel van halfslaap mee te geven. De daaropvolgende remix van Spectac kan dit echter niet toppen. De ongevormde bassen zijn nu vervangen door duidelijk gedefinieerde maar nogal slappe beats die niet weten welke richting ze in willen slaan en de dromerige zang is teruggedrongen tot een gatenvullend element. Ook de overige twee stukken ‘Kalico’ en ‘Nova Scotia’ kennen beide een lekkere flow, maar missen iedere spanning en urgentie. Als dit betekent dat Rod met zijn inspiratie niet verder komt dan één nummer, dan voorspelt dit weinig goeds voor zijn geplande debuutalbum.


Published in: etherreal.com

Rod, c'est en fait Rod Morris, un jeune irlandais qui s'est fait remarqué avec All My Love sur la compilation Neo Ouija Vestibule & Separate : Cottage Industries 3. Avec ce EP c'est un peu un retour aux sources puisque celui-ci est sorti conjointement par Underscan et le très bon label irlandais Front End Synthetics qui avait donné une première chance à Rod en le faisant participer à leur compilation Synthetic All Sorts.
Ce EP disponible en vinyl 12" et mini CD se compose de quatre morceaux pour 30 minutes, dont un remix de Spectac, un autre artiste signé sur Front End Synthetics. Le disque s'ouvre donc sur All My Love dont les éloges ne sont pas démérités. Rythmique downtempo assez riche et donnant envie de se laisser bercer, douce et lente mélodie de piano électrique, un mélange relativement simple mais fort réussi, soigné. Et puis on trouve la petite pointe d'originalité quand cette espèce de voix déformée fait son apparition, à la fois douce, mélodique, et plaintive. All My Love est une sorte de rêverie douce-amère et nostalgique. Son remix par Spectac nous permet de retrouver plus franchement le style du label irlandais, avec une electronica moins évidente, ni limpide, ni complètement abstraite, mais plutôt translucide, cherchant à sortir des sentiers battus avec ça et là quelques balises mélodiques et rythmiques. Intéressant, mais on trouvera un peu dommage d'avoir complètement abandonné l'ambiance de l'original.
Sur la face B, on trouve Kalico sur lequel on ne s'étendra pas : Rod garde un tempo très calme assuré par une batterie, quelques montées de nappes cristallines, une nouvelle mélodie de piano Rhodes, mais on regrettera un petit manque de piment, de renouvellement sur cette nouvelle rêverie un peu fade. Heureusement, le dernier titre, Nova Scotia, qui s'étale sur 10 minutes est à la hauteur du morceau titre avec un superbe contraste entre la douceur des sonorités mélodiques et une rythmique précise et ferme. Et quand une basse mélodique s'en mêle et tourne autour de la grosse caisse, tous les éléments semblent être en parfait accord. La machine est lancée, semble ne plus vouloir s'arrêter, mais jamais on ne s'ennuie.
Un très bon maxi, et du même coup un nouvel artiste dont on tachera de suivre la carrière prometteuse.


Published in: geiger.dk

Fra Dublin bringer Rod Morris os denne kærligtsindede ep. Og at tyde ud fra de fire skæringer, man finder herpå, vil han os kun det absolut bedste. Hans ubetingede kærlighed leveres i form af tre originalkompositioner og et remix. Alle fremføres med en imødekommende vellyd af varme keyboardklange, bløde baslinjer og tilbagelænede breakbeats.
Ep'en lægger ud med titelnummeret, som også må siges at være dens hovedattraktion. Nummeret har tidligere været udgivet på Neo Quija-kompilationen Cottage Industries 3, men er altså faldet i så god jord hos berlinske Underscan, at de har valgt at basere denne ep på det. Hvilket egentlig er forståeligt nok, da det faktisk er et rigtigt lækkert nummer. Umiddelbart lægger det sig en del op ad den islandske lyd fra bands som Múm og Sigur Ros, men dog helt uden den alvorstunge stemning, som ofte præger disse grupper. I stedet løfter det sig med sine lette og behagelige klange til højere luftlag, hvor almindelige jordiske bekymringer for længst er glemt. Orgel, guitar og klokker sniger sin efterhånden ind og fuldender det smukke lydbillede. Eneste minus er den skingre og lidt patetiske stemme, der også når at snige sig ind og kommer til at fremstå som en uheldig kopi af de ovennævnte islandske gruppers vokaler.
Næste skæring ”All My Lovers” er et remix af samme nummer udført af Spectac. Dette er klart ep'ens svageste nummer. Selvom det meget opfindsomt bevæger sig i helt andre retninger end originalen, bruger det alt for lang tid og alt for mange unødvendige og mislykkede breaks på at nå til det ellers flotte klimaks.
På de sidste to skæringer er vi heldigvis tilbage i samme gode stil som åbneren. ”Kalico” lyder med sine lette, opløftende akkorder og afslappede beat som en mere tilbagelænet udgave af Ulrich Schnauss. Nummeret udvikler sig ikke det store, men tilføjes hist og her nogle ekstra lag atmosfærisk synthesizer og et par simple, men smukke melodilinjer.
Sidste nummer, det ti minutter lange ”Nova Scotia” er ligeledes smukt og atmosfærisk. Her er det blot ikke Ulrich Schnauss, der springer i tankerne, men Boards of Canada, hvis psykedelisk drømmende lyd Rod er meget tæt på fuldstændig at have reproduceret. Nummeret bæres i hvert fald af selv samme halvt smukke, halvt foruroligende synthesizerklange, samme simple, men effektivt groovende beat, og samme naive basgang, som man har lært at forbinde med dette band. Ikke desto mindre forstår han dog på upåklagelig vis at få det til at fungere, så man næsten tilgiver ham det skruppelløse tyveri.
For selvom Rod flere gange på denne ep kommer faretruende tæt på sine forbilleder, er han alligevel i stand til at levere varen så overbevisende og med en så gennemtrængende personlig charme, at man ikke kan få sig selv til at afskrive den som ligegyldigt plagiat. Om ikke har andet har han nemlig, med sit åbenlyse produktionstalent, forstået at skabe en vellyd, der nærmest ikke kan andet end at løfte humøret en smule hos lytteren.
All My Love er altså i sidste ende en yderst behagelig lytteoplevelse. Men om dette så vil være nok for den enkelte lytter, må blive en personlig smagssag.


Published in: Hot Press Newsdesk

One of Ireland's most promising electronic artists releases his debut EP, All My Love, at the end of January. Over the last couple of years Rod's work has been released on various compilations from leftfield record labels such as Neo Ouija, Underscan & Dublin- based Front End Synthetics, and on the strength of these his debut solo outing, the All My Love EP, has been highly anticipated. Well, it'll be out on January 25 and it's a co- release from FES and Berlin's Underscan Records. After many years of studying piano and drums, and a teenage love affair with breakbeat (Rod's old band once even played the Point Depot), Rod has grown musically to such an extent that he has been compared to Boards of Canada and Nightmares on Wax. The EP also features a remix from Dublin's Spectac.
If you don't believe the hype just check out these reviews:
"Simply put, 'All My Love' is so divine it might have dropped from heaven.." (textura.org)
"Bass is a wonderful thing. Rod proves it. 'All my love' is an outstanding track. A slowly evaporating melody unfolding on some delicate electronica noises and beats..." (monochrom.at)


Published in: ichhassediemedia.com

El dublinés Rod Morris abría majestuosamente el último recopilatorio del sello Neo Ouija con su tema "All My Love", un precioso ejercicio de sintonías planeadoras, downtempo elegante y mixturas postrockistas con un poso más electrónico y vocecitas intrigantes a lo Sigur Ros. En este su primer ep en solitario (que se edita en doble formato cd-ep y maxi a partir de una joint venture entre el sello Underscan de Berlín y el irlandés Front End Synthetics) abre fuego con ese mismo tema retomándolo luego bajo la apariencia de auto-remix insuflándole ritmos rotos de cadencias hiphopistas dándole más robustez rítmica y un cuerpo más electrónico. Cierra el disco el magnífico tema de nueve minutos "New Scotia", un crescendo melódico punteado de bajos pulposos y detalles pianísticos ondulantes sobre ritmos casi electroides. Electrónica con corazón. Atención al label Underscan que ha publicado ya lustrosos trabajos de Menu:Exit y Frank Bretschneider.


Published in: Music Club

Pola sceglie la via della riflessione pacifica e del mare calmo, pur se costantemente increspato da leggere onde, il cui moto assume connotati costanti nelle varie fasi di sviluppo. Questo per dire che il musicista nipponico (nel suo lavoro di debutto) ci propone un sound che, per esplicito desiderio di chi l’ha creato, sebbene sia figlio del laptop, ha conservato una precisa impronta analogica e si muove sui binari di una elettronica tanto derivata dalla techno minimale e convertita alla scuola micro wave quanto affine a certe dilatazioni ambientali proprie delle avanguardie meno accademiche. Trattasi di un album preciso e impeccabile nel suo rigore formale, forse un po’ asettico, ma godibile in un clima di calma assoluta. Anche Rod Morris opta per atmosfere morbide al fine di convogliare le sue idee musicali, sebbene vada a esplorare territori diversi rispetto a quelli di Pola. Qui ci confrontiamo con ritmiche mutuate dal trip hop e ambientazioni elettroniche melodiche e soffuse, quasi da chill out malinconico e autunnale, con alcune varianti di matrice Warp e un groove electro/notturno a cui spetta il compito di “movimentare”. Quattro canzoni (si tratta di un EP, benché esteso) che ben si adattano per ascolti in casa di fronte a un caminetto acceso. Vedremo se nel disco di debutto saprà mantenere un pari livello di ispirazione.


Published in: music-scan.de

Und wieder einmal überrascht das kleine und sympathische Underscan Label mit einer sehr feinen Veröffentlichung. Rod Morris aka Rod heißt die neue Hoffnung und dieser entfaltet auf diesen vier Tracks schon eine beängstigend schöne und dichte Klanglandschaft, die viele Menschen wahrscheinlich harmonisch mit den Lieblingsatmosphärikern von Sigur Ros in Verbindung bringen werden. Dieser Vergleich hinkt allerdings bedingt, da zwar vor allem aufgrund der sehr ähnlichen Vocalausprägungen immer wieder Assoziationen in diese Richtung geschaffen werden, doch vom Grundtenor her, ist Rod natürlich sehr viel spärlicher und minimalistischer instrumentiert und stützt sich fast ausschließlich auf elektronische Klangmittel. Dies trifft vor allem auf den herrlich melancholischen Opener „All My Love“ zu, wobei schon mit dem folgenden „All My Lovers“ die Wurzeln des Rod Morris, die eindeutig im Breakbeat liegen, deutlich erkennbar sind. Der großen Frickelei im Angebermodus entgeht man hier jedoch glücklicherweise und so kann man sich ganz unbefangen den meist sehr atmosphärischen und subtilen Tracks hingeben, die weder auf flächige Arrangements noch auf Beats verzichten wollen. Sollte man definitiv im Auge behalten.


Published in: smallfish.co.uk

REMEMBER HOW MUCH YOU USED TO LIKE TELEFON TEL AVIV BEFORE YOU GOT THE SHOCK OF YOUR LIFE AND HEARD THE LAST ALBUM? WELL, THIS SHOULD BRING BACK A FEW PLEASANT MEMORIES. IF YOU'RE ALSO INTO ISAN, ULRICH SCHNAUSS, AROVANE'S "TIDES", THE EXPANDING LABEL ETC, THAT WILL HELP. RATHER LOVELY, SAYS MYSELF AND MIKE. 


Published in: somamag.de

Mit Rod's "All My Love EP" beweisen die Macher von Underscan einmal mehr ihr ihr sicheres Gespür bei der Auswahl ihrer Veröffentlichungen. Nach wunderbaren EP's von u.a. Menu:Exit, Onethema und Frank Bretschneider nun also dieses sehr gemütliche Release von Rod Morris aus Irland.
Nach diversen Beiträgen zu Compilations auf u.a. Neo Ouija und Front End Synthetics präsentiert Rod uns hier seine erste EP, welche mit relaxten atmosphärischen Tracks voller Wärme und zauberhafter Melodien zu betören weiss. Der Titeltrack beginnt mit Vogelgezwitscher und charakteristischer Bassline. Nach und nach gesellen sich verhaltene crispy Beats, Keyboards, Piano-, Gitarren-, und Orgelsounds hinzu, die auch ganz wunderbar mit den manipulierten Vocals a la Sigur Rós harmonieren, welche dem Track zusätzliche Tiefe verleihen. Der darauffolgende Remix von Spectac greift das Thema auf, kommt aber mit etwas harscheren Beats und Noises daher und die Stimmen werden nur noch fragmentarisch im Hintergrund eingestreut, wodurch er nicht so fragil anmutet wie das Original. Folgen noch das gemächlich dahinfliessende, Hip Hop-beeinflusste "Kalico" und das traumhafte, knapp zehn Minuten lange "Nova Scotia", welches mir am besten gefällt. Gut zu wissen, dass der Herr schon an einem Album feilt, welches auf Neo Ouija erscheinen soll. Also Augen und Ohren offenhalten!


Published in: stylusmagazine.com

How to rise above the electronic rank and file? If you're Rod Morris, compose a tune as totally bewitching as “All My Love,” that's how, and then ask Front End Synthetics' Spectac (Paul Morrin) to contribute a splendid remix for an encore. Simply put, Morris's original is so divine it might have dropped from heaven. It opens in promising though hardly unusual manner—languid bass lines joined by the rattles and clicks of laid-back beats, with sparse Rhodes chords kissed by a nautical ping—but then a supplicating, Sigur Rós-like voice suddenly enters to give the song a soul-stirring punch, an impact subtly intensified by church organ tones. Even though structurally rather simple, it's an absolutely stunning composition that becomes ever more beautiful as it blissfully unfurls across its seven sublime minutes.
Though the other three offerings don't quite match that peak, they're strong too. Spectac gives the song a harder-edged, electro-noir makeover, with the crying voice pushed far into the background and stoked beats now rattling viperously and peppered by chopped voice fragments. Revisiting the lush ambiance of “All My Love,” Morris envelops laconically chugging hip-hop beats with sweet melodic sparkle on the soulfully dreamy “Kalico,” while “Nova Scotia” spreads its percolating groove across ten head-nodding minutes. Ultimately, though, while all four pieces are fine, the brightest jewel in this crown remains its seductive opener.


Published in: themilkfactory.co.uk

There is a lot of love put into this effortlessly beautiful EP from Dublin-based Rod Morris. Previously only available on the Neo Ouija compilation Cottage Industries Vol. 3, the title track now comes with a remix from Spectac, who has previously been noticed reworking Planet Mu’s Ambulance, and two previously unreleased tracks, Kalico and Nova Scotia on this joint release by Underscan (12inch) and Front End Synthetics (CD).
Rod Morris spent most of his formative years studying piano, drums and music theory before throwing it all away to focus on electronic composition. Remains a natural flair for beautiful melodies and sumptuous arrangements, as captured on the three original pieces included here. Of the three, All My Love is definitely the most accomplished and singular. Based on a slow-progressing melody and crisp moody atmosphere, it captivates by its understated beauty and appears as a dream sequence caught in a rapid moment of consciousness. Although Spectac doesn’t manage to match the excellence of the original, he has the merit of not even trying to, chosing to develop his own theme instead. The two remaining tracks offer further incursions into dreamland territory, with Morris sculpting his soundscapes to reveal hidden beauties. Although more discreet than the title tracks, both Kalico and Nova Scotia prove extremely convincing.
At times evoking a more austere version of Board Of Canada, Rod Morris defines some precious sonic grounds here. As he is currently working on a full length, this EP is a more than promising teaser.


Published in: Trax Magazine

Electro pop mentale aux ourlets de velours, chants de sirènes aux effets psychédéliques, " All my love " se chevauche dans d'inventives orchestrations rappelant le design ambient d' AGF et l'électronica folk de KIM HIORTHOY. Murmure pop et influences warpiennes, partagé entre la satisfaction classique et la quête d'aventures non formatées, Rod s'invente un itinéraire bis entre Morgan Geist , Jaga Jazzist, Boards of Canada et Four Tet. Une musique élevée en grand air, laissant fleurir la mélodie dans un paysage de givre. Un bucolisme du bonheur scintillant dans les reflets électronica, résultat d'une danse de brindilles, de gouttes d'eau.


Published in: Vital Weekly

Rod is Rod Morris from Dublin, Ireland, who studied piano, drums and music at an early age, before going electronic. His early electronic stuff was hard breakbeat but eventually he mellowed out. To date he has one track on a compilation by Neo Ouija, which is also on this mini CD, 'All My Love' (plus a remix by Spectac of the same piece). Rod's music is highly rhythmic, warm and melancholic. Downbeat rhythms, introspective melodies on the synths, this is music that is indeed released by such labels as Neo Ouija or in the past by Morr Music. The flute like sounds of 'Nova Scotia' is almost seventies King Crimson or Jethro Thull, but they sound well on this piece. Perfect wintertime music: sun comes in but it's cold outside and nicely warm, sitting next to the chimney. (FdW)


Published in: XLR8R

Boards of Canada, Zero7, Plaid, Isan: all of them have taken their own unique approach to slow, dreamy electronic music, with an emphasis on great production and extraordinary beats. Add (the completely lackluster) name Rod Morris to this list; he's put a Guinness keg of thought into his conceptual debut EP. Tracks like "All My Lovers" hold steady, then shift sideways rhythmically amid a flutter of rose petal-sweet melodies.

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