If there was any doubt left that the turntable could be a viable musical instrument, Remains will smash that olde tyme notion instantly. Hip-hop fans will recognize Still as the wax handler in his day job, D?lek. For his first full length solo record, Still (His-Chang Lin) takes his turntable histrionics to new levels. Armed with his wax, technics, and an array of effects pedals, he embarked on an inspiring two year process of mapping and piecing together the 6 tracks that make up Remains. The album starts of wickedly harsh with enough stang drone to keep any homemade electronico weak in the knees. After the opening 9 minute slap around, Still gets into to the heart of the matter and provides some luscious ambiences. The most interesting aspect of the album is how it tends to change given the environment it's placed in. In a small space the sounds tend to be more sharp edged and abrasive. Take it outside and everything seems super organic. Listen to the album on headphones and you'll be ruined for a month.
Although the album is only 35 minutes long, there is an 18 minute video piece that matches shots of NYC & Myanmar with Still's compositions. Very cool indeed. 8/10 -- Chris Jacques (18 July, 2005)