Aside from live performances - including a triumphant appearance at the Fridge alongside Kenny Larkin and Steve Pullen - LA Synthesis seemed to disappear for most of 1995, re -emerging eventually in 1996 with the CMI Wavesequence single on Mark Broom's A13 label. The backlog of material they had built up during the lengthy break began to filter out slowly, first with the Zebra/Reich single on Blue Basique and, soon afterwards, with the previously stalled Frozen Tundra single which signalled a new deal with the French label Shield. With plans for an album underway, it finally seemed as if the pair's stop-start career would now build up a momentum but the release of Matrix Surfer (1997) was so low-key that only industry insiders were even aware of its existence. Yet it was a remarkable debut. Fusing ethereal melodic patterns with evolving Detroit - edged grooves, tracks such as If and Positive Negative suggested that LA Synthesis were likely contenders to fill the void left by the recently disbanded Black Dog. Harmonic Disassembly, released on Global Communication's Universal Language label towards the end of 1997, hinted at a more electro - based aesthetic than previous offerings, though the flip-side's Skyline retraced the classic LA Synthesis fusion of heart- stopping melodics and elegant Virtual Sex-style rhythms.
The single's release coincided with the arrival of new member Chris Johnson, a jazz pianist who had been drafted in to help realise the "funkier, more live orientated direction" the group wanted to pursue. Johnson appeared on just one single, 1999's Doity Dawg on Ultimatum, before Gallagher split from the group to pursue a solo project under the name Linear Systems. Review of the album Matrix Surfer (Shield, SHLD 101 CD, May 97) from the same source: Perhaps one of the most overlooked UK techno albums of the 90's. Matrix Surfer is a beautiful combination of second - generation Detroit romanticism and inventive grooves. Hard to find but definitely worth tracking down. Taken from the Rough Guide to Electronic Music (1999) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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