Friday, August 21, 2009

Gel-Sol's Adventures Beyond the Plunderworld

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This is a sample-based collage made with over 7 years of collected samples.

Please click on the donation button below if you would like contribute to the Gel-Sol cause. I have put a lot of time and effort into this, and offer other free audio such as Gel-Sol live shows and remixes, which can also be found on this blog.

Thanks for listening and enjoy!

Yer Pal,

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wanna follow Gel-Sol on Twitter?

We'll see how in to this I get...Twitter really seems like an excuse for everyone to make an ass out of themselves!

Yer Pal,

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Data Breaker: Gel-Sol Approaches Orblivion

Many thanks to Dave Segal from The Stranger for writing this article!

Gel-Sol (Seattle producer Andrew Reichel) is this town's reigning Orb fanatic. Dr. Alex Paterson's long-running ambient-dub-house collective has spawned several disciples worldwide, but Gel-Sol can stake a claim to being one of the finest in the tradition, balancing serious musical chops (he's a staunch prog-rock fan) with witty spoken-word samples over four albums.

My introduction to Gel-Sol came with Music Made for You... and by You I Mean Me (recorded in 2003, but reissued by the esteemed and now-defunct UK label em:t in 2004). The disc lays out a luxurious banquet of rich synth swirls, languorous bass lines, and slackly funky beats. This is music for long-attention-span owners and those fond of subtly unhinging the doors of perception. It's deep and plush, poised between the chill-out room and the opium den—except for "Numby Numbs," which is an uncharacteristically revved-up cut animated by jagged rhythms and sprightly yet stabbing keyboard riffs. But Music Made for You is mostly geared for lounging in style, stratospherically. Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating (and giggling) in space.

As for Gel-Sol's dub credentials, they could receive a boost depending on the outcome of his entry into Choice Cuts' Horace Andy remix contest; Gel-Sol interestingly reworked "Watch We" from Andy and Ashley Beedle's Inspiration Information album. (The winner will be announced on the Choice Cuts website.)

Recent live gigs at the Church of Bass and Re-bar have found Gel-Sol delving into ambience that's aswirl in glittery vapor and redolent of beneficent herbal vibes at the former, while the latter finds him creating a churning, dubadelic soundscape. Both sets represent some of the region's most supremely heady head music.

On Gel-Sol's "Skub," a 2009 single on the local Innerflight label, however, his production shows a more up-tempo tendency, though it still doesn't move at techno/house's brisk clip. Rather, it's a chunkily percussive, dubwise funk track with a mutedly beautiful melody and chilly synth tones forming a halo around the rhythmic bustle. This looks like an interesting new direction for Reichel.

As for his current endeavors, Reichel says, "Most of my recent live material is music for a future release, a double-length concept album called Terramecha, that's about a planet inhabited by robots. I'm also working on a follow-up to [2008's] IZ (written for my niece), because I got another niece on the way."

On top of all of this, Reichel is nearing completion of Gel-Sol's Adventures Beyond the Plunderworld, which parodies the Orb's debut album in the form of a collage of movie/TV/radio dialog snippets that touch on scatological, sexual, pharmaceutical, and musical matters. You'll eventually be able to hear it online for free. Speaking of which, you can hear some of Gel-Sol's music at and It's all very absORBing.

Yer Pal,

Saturday, February 7, 2009

SKUB: New Gel-Sol track.

Get it from Beatport.

IFM-006 : Left Coast Sampler

Various Artists

Welcome to the left coast, where Innerflight Music has one ear to the underground, listening for the best in heady electronica to bring to your dj mixes and playlists. Our diverse music sampler gives you a taste of what's to come in the future at Innerflight. We invite you to get lost within Gel-Sol's world of ambience; get bombed by Nick Douglas' in-your-face bass; get minimal with Mynus; and then make your great escape with the one and only novaTRON.

Innerflight Music – IFM-006 - Gel-Sol – Skub – Original Mix - Chill Out
Gel-Sol takes you to a seashore somewhere in deep space, immersing the ears in warm, foamy eddies of resonance. A textured bassline and evocative overlapping melodies bob on the shimmering surface of ebbing and flowing tidal synths; washing in this new track from Seattle's resident expert in cosmic soundscapes.

Innerflight Music – IFM-006 - Nick Douglas – The UnaSampler – Original Mix - Tech House
'The Unasampler' puts the best of both worlds into one startlingly explosive little package. Intelligent track progression with creative drum programming for the heads combine with a stompy bassline and irresistible stuttering rhythm for the dancers. All wrapped up with electrified synths and felicitous samples make for one banger of a house floor stomper.

Innerflight Music – IFM-006 - Mynus – Ish – Original Mix - Tech House
Without question, a dark and dirty dance track for dirty dancing nightcrawlers. However, with this minimal techno sparkplug the devil is in the details. A faint faraway vox echoes beneath the beat, providing a unique sense of depth and a spooky emotional vibrance while a wobbly, pumping bassline neatly cleans up after the ravaging breakdown.

Innerflight Music – IFM-006 - novaTRON – The Heist – Original Mix - Breaks
Hotter than burning rubber, 'The Heist' makes you an accomplice in a warped high-speed aural getaway from the left coast to the far east. With a precise blending of action-theme flavored funk, hypnotic flutes and tribal percussion, The Heist is a sneak preview of what NovaTRON is bringin' in 2009.

Yer Pal,

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

GEL-SOL Live: Chillography 06.13.08

Live at Chillography 101
June 13th, 2008 @ The Transcendent Church of Bass

Track list:

Improbability Sequence
Mourning Wok
Disko Bay
Tacoma Screw
Bubble in the Sky
Halo of Stars
The Power Crystal

Yer Pal,

Sunday, January 11, 2009

GEL-SOL Live: BONKERS! 01.09.09

Gel-Sol Live at Bonkers!
The Re-Bar, Seattle, Washington
January 9th, 2009


Spectacular Optical
Clouds of Ocean
Paths to Frenzy
Mecha Ritual

Yer Pal,