The first thing that one needs to know about Indian Wells is that heâs a real tennis fanatic living in Italy. He records and samples sounds made in a tennis match, blending them all together with smooth, dreamy synths and beats. With more and more producers experimenting and trying out new things, modern electronica seems to have taken its own path, promptly moving on. The whole sampling experiment went on to become an 8-track album called âNight Dropsâ, released by Bad Panda Records. Atmospheric, side-chained and relaxing, urging you to play it mostly when the sun goes down.
The track that opens the album goes by the title âWimbledon 1980â (Wimbledon being the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world), so that only marks tennis as a big influence. There is a sense from the very beginning that this album is all about creating a beautiful inner mood, finding and analyzing yourself through the music. You listen to tennis ball sounds surrounded by haunting melodies, soft applause and the voice of a commentator. But after a while of drawing yourself in, you get past the âsampling partâ and you just enjoy what youâre hearing. A repeating Burial-esque voice on âIn The Streetsâ with a rather down-to-earth beat, until a clearer sound of the tennis balls comes in again on âGolden Shoesâ, keeping your mind at peace.Â The album reaches its peak on âDeuceâ, which deservedly was the first single, with a steady perspective on rhythm, followed by the smoothly distorted âLove Frequenciesâ. Excessive sampling returns on âNight Dropsâ, where Indian Wells does a great job; a haunting background voice that you canât tell what is saying makes the difference. âAfter The Matchâ is an awakening, an uplifting side-chained track fading out perfectly, providing enough space for the ending âSouth Beachâ. An underground, middle-frequency reverbed synth melody stigmatizes Night Dropsâ closing, leaving the listener with a pleasant hearing experience.
There are only 100 copies available, hand-signed and numbered, which I suppose are selling out pretty fast. But âNight Dropsâ is provided by the Bad Panda people for free downloading as well, thatâs the way the label works. It is a free-download netlabel afterall, having discovered, promoted and arranged releases for interesting new artists that passionately make and share their music across the world.