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EDITORS’ NOTES

On his five-songs EP Collide, Andy Hunter manages to compress and distill an array of sonic ideas found on his previous releases. Fans of this veteran electronic auteur will find these tracks infused with the same futuristic grandeur and sly humor that have characterized his work from his stints as an innovative British DJ in the early ‘90s onwards. Hunter is masterful at releasing spectrums of sound from interplays of synthesized textures, conjuring up visions of intergalactic vistas and echoes of ‘80s techno beats, sometimes simultaneously. His Christian beliefs also inform his work, most noticeably here in the yearning pulsations of “Dawn Vision” and the accelerating drive of the title tune. Freely combining sonic genres, Hunter overlays ambient New Age ripples upon relentlessly rushing beats in “Rainbow Sunshine” and matches an austere club groove with giddy Cars-like synth burbles in “Annihilate.” Hovering over it all is Hunter’s theme of a higher unity amidst the competing claims of heaven and earth. Collide is at once an intergalactic dance party and a personal expression of deeply-held faith.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his five-songs EP Collide, Andy Hunter manages to compress and distill an array of sonic ideas found on his previous releases. Fans of this veteran electronic auteur will find these tracks infused with the same futuristic grandeur and sly humor that have characterized his work from his stints as an innovative British DJ in the early ‘90s onwards. Hunter is masterful at releasing spectrums of sound from interplays of synthesized textures, conjuring up visions of intergalactic vistas and echoes of ‘80s techno beats, sometimes simultaneously. His Christian beliefs also inform his work, most noticeably here in the yearning pulsations of “Dawn Vision” and the accelerating drive of the title tune. Freely combining sonic genres, Hunter overlays ambient New Age ripples upon relentlessly rushing beats in “Rainbow Sunshine” and matches an austere club groove with giddy Cars-like synth burbles in “Annihilate.” Hovering over it all is Hunter’s theme of a higher unity amidst the competing claims of heaven and earth. Collide is at once an intergalactic dance party and a personal expression of deeply-held faith.

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About Andy Hunter

DJ Andy Hunter is a rare find in the electronic community. While dance bridges music with a higher spirituality, Hunter fully lives by the latter. He's a devout Christian and mixes a funky break. Born in the Midlands of England in the mid-1970s, Hunter got his hand in music during his early teenage years. He found himself interested in sound engineering and such a passion led Hunter to to work with Suede and The Wonder Stuff in the early '90s. In 1992, he joined the New Generation Music and Mission as a traveling engineer and moved to Bristol -- the scene that was breaking drum 'n bass. Over the next five years, Hunter honed a style in the studio and perfected his ways in music production. In 1999, Hunter left Bristol for Swansea, Wales and founded the drum 'n bass night tagged Absolute Drum 'n Bass, mixing an eclectic spectrum of trance, house and techno. He also played alongside the likes of Allstair Whitehead and Judge Jules at the famous Escape club. Within a year, Hunter began working on his first solo album. He meticulously tweaked trance loops around his own songs; In fall 2002, Hunter properly released his debut, Exodus, on Nettwerk. During the next few years, the DJ kept busy composing songs ("Go," "Amazing") that were featured on film and television and even in marketing campaigns, released the album Life in 2005, followed by Colours in 2008. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

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