Tidal, the UK based Jimmy Billingham's otherworldly musical project has found a home on a variety of important underground labels from around the globe, we are finally lucky enough for him to join the Chemical Tapes family with his latest work entitled Olympus.
Is this a reference to soaring mountain peaks? If so this is the perfect soundtrack. 4 journeys spanning the c40 cassette take us on a trip of psychoactive shimmering ambience, there is a re-assuring warmth to the synth soundscapes across Olympus, keeping the listener engaged and locked into the eternal bliss.
I really like what I have heard on Chemical Tapes, it’s a right good label it is! This is a real cool effort by young Jimmy Billingham, someone with one of those names that only cheery kids from the ‘80s who loved playing football and still had longish hair (even though it was now unfashionable) had.
Jimmy makes murky cosmic music filtered through a blurry, drunken haze to give it that slight “Turquoise Hexagon Sun” disorientating vibe like that grizzly unmaintained old tape machine is about to gobble its contents. It’s very beautiful actually and comes across like the musical equivalent of soft sun rays streaming through tall trees in a forest glade on really good psychedelic drugs but with bits of wool soaked in olive oil stuck in your ears. Aceness abounds...