214 Delivers “Eye Thoughts” EP on Outside Recordings with Remixes by Exzakt and Mr. Atomic+Free Download
Seattle-based auditory guru 214 slams the underground electro scene with his newest 6 track EP entitled “Eye Thoughts“. An explosion of distorted breaks swim amid a sea of sounds that seem to stem from broken children’s toys. The title track is a subtle nod to the industrial era of the mid 90s, boasting a phased snare amidst gloomy strings singing a compelling progression. Remixes from Exzakt and ‘Outside Recordings’ head Mr. Atomic underscore the tune perfectly, providing tastefully re-imagined versions to the mix. “Inside the Chamber” and “No Route” provide the bouncy, upbeat antithesis to the shadowy and aptly named “Lament”, concluding this release with proper variety.
214 – Lament (taken from ‘Eye Thoughts’)
1. Eye Thoughts
2. Inside The Chamber
4. No Route
5. Eye Thoughts (Mr Atomic’s Blender Edit)
6. Eye Thoughts (Exzakt Remix)
To sit at a table set with the sounds of 214 (TwoFourteen) is to be served Hungry-man portions of honey-buttered electro beats, side dishes of synth-line treats, and dollops of IDM-get-down.Like most musicians, Chris Roman’s path is rooted in a veritable melting pot of sounds. Some of the influences are obvious. Others not so much so.
His Puerto Rican birthright and Miami upbringing ring apparent when he’s pumping out sci-fi roller disco sounds, but when his vibe turns to the cold dark comfort of Detroit-esque minimal mind funk, it would seem this man forgets from whence he came. It’s a memory lapse that sounds like a lapdance in the side room of a space ship. More importantly, it’s a memory lapse that works. It’s not so much a lapse then as a love of diversity, a creative finesse with a variety of good tastes.
214 effortlessly blends lush Latin roots with robo-transformer trips, always maintaining a skillful balance between the nasty, the not-right, the cold, hard, and just-right – all at the same time. He’s got plenty of tricks up his proverbial record sleeve. And he’s been pulling them out for years now.