Dream 2 Science is the moniker of electronic maestro Ben Cenac, most notably known for his foundational disco outfit Newcleus.
Reminiscent of Larry Heard's soulful Chicago house (Heard's first track under the Fingers, Inc. handle was coincidentally titled "Mystery of Love"), this 1990 release combines intricately programmed drum machine rhythms, drifting chords, warm analogue basslines and sinuous vibraphone melodies to create a timeless masterpiece.
"My Love Turns To Liquid", the anthemic standout of the EP, focuses on Yvette Cenac's, Cozmo D's wife donning the "Lady E" handle, delicate vocals floating over a skittering drum pattern and a perpetual kitchen sink drip-drop.
2 PARTS DREAM, 1 PART SCIENCE
Cenac characterizes his songwriting approach as "2 parts dream... and 1 part science" and one need not look further than the spacious reverberation in "How Do I Love Thee" to recognize those soulful reveries. This understated yet foundational house record contains all the hallmarks of a quintessential release. But most of all it emphasizes the genius songwriting capabilities of Ben Cenac.
The Jupiter-6 is an analogue synthesizer first introduced to the world in 1983. Its thick cluster of 12 analog oscillators lends this analogue workhorse a diverse sonic palate. This wide ranging output potential can be seen across a variety of genres, including the scores of John Carpenter, new wave, and quintessential house classics. The J6 was one of the first synthesizers to enable MIDI implementation.