Trace has been busy on the airwaves and reviews sections of various magazines. Here’s a few examples: 

If you take it upon yourself to reimagine one of the most recognisable pieces of music on the planet, you should expect to receive some criticism. Trace, otherwise known as David Impey, here covers Tubular Bells pt 1, adding beats and other musical bits n pieces to Mike Oldfields classic, resulting in a more danceable version that of course doesn’t live up to the original but acts more like a different  take. 

Elsewhere Trace turns his attention to pianist George Winston and offers a third, shorter, electronic piece his day job soundtracking corporate videos and ads permeating much of the material here. 

Anthony Balaqua Rock a Rolla 

Trace is an electronic project by established soundtrack composer and producer David Impey. Punningly titled ‘Under Cover’, it is an album of three covers; an electronica reworking of Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells: Part 1’, plus two expansions on basic themes; George Winston’s ‘September: Colours / Dance’ and ‘The Neighbours Complain’, a piece originally written by his father as a show piece for the drummer in a 1940’s big band. When approaching the Cult Of Oldfield, you have at all times to carry a big sign bearing the word ‘Context’, and remember that with his very first handmade piece in 1973 Oldfield literally broke down the barrier between the classical and rock worlds, changing the landscape forever.

Oldfield was a guitarist who trained up on keyboards and any other instrument left lying around late at night in the studio downtime; Trace appears to be a wholly accomplished keyboardist and programmer, so while the main Celtic knot-like musical motifs remain happily in place, a machined late-80s feel of Jan Hammer and Miami Vice courses throughout, culminating in the ‘MC Finale’ being taken at a bit of a rough gallop. Any howls of lack of bucolic heart need to go back to the context of Oldfield himself, who explored most of these electronic themes too, so broadly this suite fits well into the great man’s middle period.

‘September’, while occasionally crossing ‘Tubular Bells” wake, is a passable show-reel of technique and well woven styles, from ‘Stars On 45’ backbeats, through jazz and the hemp hop trance of Berkana Sowelu to the boudoir chill of William Orbit. I’d have figured ‘The Neighbours Complain’ to have been a full on percussion clatter, but instead we’re back in Harold Faltermeyer synth funk territory, so rounding out the portfolio feel of the whole beast, whose digital nature aside, stands up well to replaying.

Paul Carrera, Nightshift


Airplay on: BBC Cambridgeshire, BBC Oxford, BBC Tees, CAlon FM, Banana Peel Radio, Vancouver, KLAM Radio, Los Angeles

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