A great discovery I made in the mid-90s comes from Southern California musician and producer David Helping, who was nominated for the NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturers) Indie Award in the US in 1997 with his debut “Between Green and Blue” – but had to leave it to Patrick O’Hearn for his “Metaphor”.
And that’s interesting because when you listen to this release you hear someone who is very close to Patrick O’Hearn in terms of timbres, rhythms, and atmosphere used. David’s delightful, excellently produced, slightly soundtrack-like electronic music includes some fretless bass here and there (as with Patrick, by the way), over which the warm sounds used are nice and dense and fat, as are the deep, tight bass lines that occasionally burn through the soundstage. The percussion used throughout the album is refreshing, and at a track like e.g. “Emeralds” this disc is just “sold”.
In summary, “Between Green and Blue” is a sparkling and accessible disc with a lot of impact and melody that I think is mandatory for any avid fan of electronic music
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the David Helpling artist page
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