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Connor Plunkett A stunning display of synth wizardry worthy of RDJ himself. Definitely a must-listen for any fan of AFX or analog electronic music of any sort. Favorite track: Curtains.
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Gabriel Abney There are lots of things that make Solvent great, and one of those things is the same as one of the things which made OMD great - Solvent creates wonderful and moving pop music, and uses electronics to do it with. I love the sounds, and I love the pictures he paints with them. Favorite track: Curtains.
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silikonanswer I love this album because... I love Solvent and that is enough. Every Solvent release is a must.
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Curtains 03:58
Radiator 06:30
Tassels 05:26
Mould 01:29


LIMITED VINYL REPRESS with new artwork available to pre-order exclusively from:
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Artist: Solvent
Title: RDJCS5ep
Label / CAT#: Suction Records / suction022 (repress)
Format: 12-inch vinyl EP / digital
Release date: November 27, 2020

Solvent’s “RDJCS5ep” was originally released in 2011 in an edition of 300 copies, and quickly sold out. The EP was made entirely with a very special Yamaha CS-5 synthesizer, owed by David Borean, who now co-runs Suction Records alongside Solvent. This CS-5 was previously owned by Richard D. James and has the liner notes to Aphex Twin’s seminal “Selected Ambient Works Volume II” hand-etched on the bottom of it. Those etchings were photographed and used for SAWII’s artwork. 

Fast forward to 2020, and David has decided to sell the Yamaha CS-5 - it’s currently up for auction on Ebay. We decided to use the opportunity to take some new photos, and to create a special 1-off repress of Solvent’s “RDJCS5-ep” to mark the occasion. Our 2020 repress is strictly limited to 100 copies, and comes in an all-new full-colour, reverse board jacket, along with two Yamaha CS-5 postcards. Like the original, our 12” repress contains an additional noise/drone piece at the end of side B. Entitled "Sandpaper”, this cut is individually hand-etched by Solvent, directly cut into the vinyl, for a one-of-a-kind cut/click/loop experience. Here’s what we wrote about the EP in 2011:

Occasionally one reads about some musical instrument with an illustrious past, such as Jimi Hendrix's guitar or John Lennon's piano, selling for exorbitant amounts of money at auction.  And typically, that's the last of it; the instrument disappears into some rich collector's display case, never to be heard from again.  Here then, is a bit of a different story. In April 2006, a Yamaha CS-5 monosynth once owned by Richard D. James (Aphex Twin), with the actual liner notes for his landmark "Selected Ambient Works Volume II" etched into the bottom, was sold at VEMIA auction.  The winning bidder was in fact a friend of Solvent’s, and the synth ended up residing not in a display case, but in Solvent's studio on generous long-term loan.

"RDJCS5ep” - a new 4-track 12-inch / digital EP by Solvent - is the result.  This is suction022.  Each and every sound on this record came from RDJ's old CS-5, painstakingly programmed and multi-tracked by Solvent over the course of several months. The limited capabilities and sound palette of this humble little synth provided quite a challenge but ultimately the results are not merely an exercise in technical synth-nerdery; "RDJCS5ep” speaks more of Solvent's musical kinship to thee Analord. The opening track "Curtains" bears similarity to early Rephlex signing Bochum Welt, while "Radiator," "Mould" and "Tassels" each contain hallmarks of the classic AFX sound.  At the same time, each track also sounds distinctly and unmistakably 'Solvent’.


A1. Curtains
A2. Radiator
B1. Tassels
B2. Mould
B3. Sandpaper *
* Vinyl-exclusive - features a playable etching, individually hand-etched by Solvent for a 1-of-a-kind cut/click/loop experience.


released November 21, 2012


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Solvent Toronto, Ontario

Science with synthesizers.

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