Q-Burns Abstract Message is an expert time traveler. But it’s not about the physical transportation of bodies into the past or future. Instead, these are sonic waves, vibrating in all directions, touching different eras and territories. Like a Stalker entering ‘The Zone,’ Q-BAM is forever in search of the undefinable. He’ll know it when he sees it, and today it’s looking like an AUDIOTOTEMPOLE.
M. Donaldson is Q-Burns Abstract Message, formerly broadcasting with Astralwerks and a handful of other co-conspirators. Over the decades he’s wielded turntables in locales from Novosibirsk to Antofagasta, but now he’s mostly quiet. Occasionally Q-Burns Abstract Message pops up in someone’s mix set, or mentioned in a blog post, or perhaps in an odd remix. But, for the most part, he’s a known unknown.
Now he’s reappeared, clutching an AUDIOTOTEMPOLE. It’s an homage to a secret history without the stain of nostalgia. These are songs spanning the lost years, buzzing with electricity and ritual ambiguity. “Tremble,” for example, is handed down from clouds, signaling Q-BAM’s transition from mystic to mystical. “Kept in a Shadehouse” undulates in continuous motion, brightly placing tones in orbit around its bristling center. And “Touchtones (1997)” is an earthy clue, creating the temporal connection — past meets present, full circle.
- Nick Warren – “A sensational EP … very, very good. Classy music as always from this great artist.”
- Andrew Weatherall – “Excellent.”
- Peter Kruder – “Great work … quality tunes here. Will play some.”
- Richard Dorfmeister – “Lovely production!”
- Roger Sanchez – “Excellent. Q-BAM is in top form.”
- DJ Three – “‘Kept In A Shadehouse’ and ‘The Burning City’ are glorious. ‘Touchtones (1997)’ sounds like E.T. phoning home from Bora Bora.”
- Tony Humphries – “Quality deep tracks.”
- Audio Soul Project – “‘Dark Roots (Magick Version)’ is my favorite here; ritualistic and magical. Dope!”
- Ursula 1000 – “A most excellent trip!”
- Kid Loco – “Really great moody tracks. ‘Kept in a Shadehouse’ and ‘Dark Roots (Magick Version)’ are killers.”
- Bill Brewster – “’Kept In A Shadehouse’ is absolutely ace. ‘Dark Roots (Magick Version)’ is also very good.”
- Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel, Australia) – “Great scott, these are amazing! Superb tunes.”
- tOtALcULt – “Beautiful! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this is great – unconventional, funky, deep leftfield jams. I’m especially loving the shimmering ambience of ‘The Burning City.’”
- Randy Brusseto (United Records, France) – “A great mix of deep house and ambient gems.”
- DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) – “This discreet comeback constructs celestial and hypnotic deep house, timeless and fascinating. Q-BAM’s eerie soundscapes have a psychedelic flow and hypnotic energy.”