Food Pyramid Creation Beat 12″
In a year of near synth overload in my personal listening, Food Pyramid have me convinced they’re the real deal. Many groups cull their sound from disparate influences, but for my money, few weave them together so effortlessly as Food Pyramid.
Creation Beat finds the group focusing a little more on the dance side of their sprawling sound spectrum. Four tracks that find common ground between Schnitzler / Schulze synth worship, 80’s deep house and lengthy psych jams. For those familiar with Food Pyramid’s fantastic Mango Sunrise LP, tracks like “Oh Mercy” and “I Know What I Saw” are excellent reference points for the journey ahead. Spaced-out, head-nodding grooves that seem both a natural step forward and an excellent addition to their growing body of work. You could play this record for fans of everything from Tangerine Dream, Manuel Göttsching, Asmus Tietchens and Chrome to Yellow Magic Orchestra, Giorgio Moroder and any French space disco. They would all find something to enjoy. This is definitely music that pumps with life.
Creation Beat is limited to 300 copies in DJ sleeves and comes with a full digital download.
A1 / Creation Beat
A2 / Eat Street
B1 / Crosshatch
B2 / My House
314 Total Copies
300 Retail Copies
14 Promo Copies
5 Test Pressings
Tiny Mix Tapes / Cerebus:
"I remember checking in on these guys via their cassette on Moon Glyph and getting more of a Stereolab vibe; hey, maybe Creation Beat is the Emperor Tomato Ketchup phase. Or something like that. Quite a modern mish-mash, to be sure. Those with the glow sticks and old rave memorabilia will want to thrust their hips into the title track. “Cross Hatch” has that nervous EDM tension, flecked with post-disco and a busy, dance-y version of a motorik beat. If you’re looking to fuck shit up on the glossy floor, visit “Hatch.” If you’re searching for something a little more down to earth, peep the Corey Haim synths and soothing sound-mist spray of “My House,” though it’s arguable whether the vocals add anything to what is an intriguing composition in its own right. Edition of 300, ready to meet its maker."
"These oddly monikered psychedelic electro kraut synth wranglers return, after the super awesome Mango Sunrise record we reviewed a little while back, which was equal parts classic Klaus Schulze, synth-kraut worshippers and aQ faves Bitchin Bajas, and of course John Carpenter and Goblin. But on this new 12"s FP take those sounds and focus more on their dancier side, still weaving lush tapestries of layered synths, and electro skitter, which were definitely all over Mango Sunrise, but here that sort of retro cinematic futurism is given a dancefloor makeover, the end result being a sound closer to, say, Majeure than Zombi, that sort of Italo-disco style soundtrackery, fused to Food Pyramid's undeniable krautrock leanings. The opener, had the beat been removed, would be a pulsating groover, but with the house-y beat, and the reverb drenched megaphone vox, this sounds like some weirdo dance party, noisy, a little post punky, but most definitely groovy, funky and tranced out. The second track adds a whole mess of murk, positioning the sound more toward the James Ferraro side of the sonic spectrum, a sort of old VHS tape vibe, but then when the thick buzzing synth comes in, it could almost be Daft Punk or something, albeit a much more raw and underground version. The flipside offers up two similar jams, the first a super driving groove, with super distorted, crumblingly distorted guitars over what almost sounds like a calypso beat fused to a house music pound, again, sans beats, this would be some blissed out ultra distorted guitarnoise psychedelia, so imagine that sort of sound anchored by a churning looped groove. The closer is more sparse and skeletal, cheesy eighties synth pads over blurry synth drifts, the background almost sounding like ABC or Spandau Ballet, but then female vocals drift in, and the song becomes a glimmering late night downtempo driftscape, that sounds like a more post punk 4AD given a modern krautdrone synth wave makeover, the whole thing hazy and gauzy and dreamily druggy."
"Having remembered to change the speed to 45 (although it sounded pretty good at 33 as well, except for the vocals), the music of Food Pyramid reveals itself as electronic dance, reliant on sequences, drum machines and the like, although treated vocals and guitars gives the sound a more human edge, coming on like System 7 and Yello jamming with Daevid Allen, the funky grooves stretched out and twisted all over the place. On “Eat Street” huge waves of synth chords (and some space rock guitar towards the end) elevate the track, allowing it to soar with ambient delight into new territory, a track that would delight fans of any electronic genre, the band managing to tie it all together into a cohesive whole. Over on side two, “Crosshatch” gets busy with the beats a heavy dance vibe lead by an insistent bass drum ensuring no sleep for the neighbours, the track building in intensity with chattering sequences and rhythmic patterns leaping in and out of the mix to keep things interesting. To finish, “My House” has a chilled dance on the beach feel, a warm deep house groove with female vocals drifting through, ending a fine EP in relaxed and languid style. Whilst it may not be strictly Terrascopic, there is much to be enjoyed here, especially on the more earthy tracks on side one, with the title track itself being the track of choice."
Permanent Records / Chicago:
"Whether it's navigating arps with Roy Orb D. mt, splitting 7's with Deep Earth or bringing in the dawn with their "Mango Sunrise," we're digging the tunes that Food Pyramid are bringing to the fray. "Creation Beat EP" is further proof of the spectacular sounds this group is achieving and their sound is an ever evolving and improving thing that we hope continues to keep up such top notch output. What we get here is four cuts of synthesizer wizardry, pumping beats and studied textures. "Creation Beat" starts things off as high energy club banger with blurred vocal chants scattered throughout before moving onto "Eat Street" which adds in some 80's soundtrack guitar skree to the pulse. After a simple flip we venture into hyper drive fractal pulse of "Crosshatch" before heading into closer "My House" which is all cough syurp Sade-ian bliss late night sexy sexy. Totally Recommended."
"Their first release of 2013–a year that promises to be as productive as 2012–is the electric EP Creation Beat, a buoyant slab of house influenced music that is the most charging collection the group has put on one record. There have been moments of the dance-ready hysteria on different releases, but the four long songs stretched over the two sides of Creation Beat are the most constant, in your face group of songs that Food Pyramid have released yet. Starting with the sparkling synth and deep groove of the title track, the record sounds like it would fit in with the bliss-house material that the amazing 100% Silk label has been churning out over the last few years. Things get slightly more spaced out with “My House,” before coming back with the strutting bass line and wobbly, colorful synths of “Eat Street.” Things end on the strength of the manic, assaulting throb of “Crosshatch,” which rushes through the speakers like waves of molten lava. The EP clocks in at a hair less than 25 minutes, but doesn’t waste one minute of the time. While they have ventured outside of the headphone orchestra territory before, Creation Beat is the most confident step outside of that territory to date, and another (electronic) feather in the cap of a group that have proven to be one of the very best we have here in the Twin Cities."