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Shopping features the title track in two versions (Vocal and Lo Cal’), The Crunch, plus a formidable remix by Shelley Parker. Played, recorded and processed by Julian Doyle (acoustic and synthetic percussion, analogue drum modules, turntables, digital samples and delays).
Shopping is elusive composer Julian Doyle’s canto to honour the loop. On each of the tracks here, Doyle works up short, bar-long cells of chirping synth
and analogue percussion, passes them through a simple chain of filters and lets them ride. Loops are like drones: get them right and you’ve got a rich sonic environment that focuses the listener
on tiny changes in texture. The key,
Doyle suggests, is rhythm: put the bar line where the ear least expects it and your loop will keep morphing, or seeming to, without you needing to lift a finger.
On the B side, DJ Shelley Parker gives Doyle a sullen, dubbed-out remix: the loops are screwed to a sizzurp crawl,
the synths are voided of pitch, reduced
to Pole-style percussive crackle and moored in cavernous bass.
Nick Richardson in The Wire
Julian Doyle, Faversham, 2010