1. After Midnight
  2. Coverage
  3. The Outsider
  4. Nature of the Inexistence
  5. Credence
  6. Through the mountains
A representative of the Spanish electronic scene. Whether its music is wrapped with sadness the tropics? Rather cold "the Berlin night." The sequential and experimental music, takes its inspiration from the canonical works of the genre. "After Midnight" starts with demonic metallic effects and strange 'engine drone' sounds. This eventually fades while giving way to lighter atmospheric noises and stabs of a jerky rhythm, then a flute joins in and the pace quickens and starts to flow more freely, building in crescendos to higher and higher peaks. The rhythms become multi-layered and the music is hurtling along at quite a hypnotic pace. There is this chasm between modern and retro electronica of TD 70's style that Javi manages to bridge that gap to a very high standard, and that is evident in this track. It continues to repeatedly peak with layers of sequencing and effects, then fades slowly to a drone at the end. Wow!

"Coverage" begins with heavy atmos' and noise washes that I imagine scenes of barren landscapes, then arpeggios of notes appear with effects, and a rhythm quickly builds with layers of sounds joining in, and crescendos of notes keep coming with more intensity. I feel like I am flying high above the clouds. This is seriously good head-nodding body moving sequencer awesomeness! This repeatedly peaks with intensity and effects. Heavy atmos' takes over as it all subsides as if at the end of a dramatic event comes to it's end. This album is already sounding like a classic!

"The Outsider" sounds hauntingly ominous with demonic effects that give way to atmospheric organ sounds, powerful and majestic. A rhythm is introduced and joined by fast sequencing and rhodes piano and effects that remind me of something from 'Redshift', it's that good. Flute joins in and it builds with intensity and peaks. Surely Mark Shreeve and Ian Boddy of 'Arc' have joined in and having a Javi 'jam session', but no, it's all Javi playing this by himself. This track gives way at the end to atmospheric washes to close this masterpiece of electronic music!

"Nature Of The Inexistence" starts with strange noises and effects as if in a huge engine room of an alien craft, powerful stuff. This gives way to more majestic sounds and organ-drone then a high register sequencer, then a second one fills the air, backed by huge synth-waves. A fast paced rhythm kicks in and effects come and go, and pitch-bending keyboard playing and effects join in layers until we are in hypnotic synth' heaven. Let it just flow through you. This is replaced by heavy atmos' to calm thing down at the end. Great stuff! This piece has it all.

"Credence" begins where last track left off with strange noises and effects, sounds like alien frogs, then a lovely sequency rhythm starts, then joined by another with effects that make me imagine flying on a magic carpet on a voyage of discovery. The music here is actually hurtling along at quite a pace, yet I feel relaxed and I am taken to places in my mind where days and troubles don't exist. This fades to a pleasurable end.

"Through The Mountains" starts with slightly melancholy but beautiful piano playing a tune, and flute joins in, adding to this is synth' atmospherics and this rather simpler piece is a beautiful way to close this essential album by Javi Canovas. Highly recommended. A 'fan-based'

2019. Geoff Mason. What a gem. Nice sequencer/EM trip. If you like modern Em with a touch of old school BS sound. Grab this. It wont disappoint.

2014. Mike / US How not to fall under the charms of an album which plunges us in the heart of our souvenirs while making this delicate link between retro and contemporary Berlin School? If there is an artist who rises to the rank of the new ambassadors of retro Berlin School, this has to be Javi Canovas. About 10 years and a dozen albums farther, the Spanish synthesist leaves the lands of the anonymity to shine in the country of the Dutch label Groove. Faithful to its trademark, Groove, with its Manitou in head Ron Boots, excels at the art to reshape the borders of vintage Berlin School. And those who follow the career of Javi Canovas know how much the synth wizard of the Canary Islands likes the heavy movements and the somber Gothic ambiences of the trio Froese, Franke and Baumann as well as the flights of ether of Neuronium. Thus the union between Javi and Groove had to only give brilliant results. Without surprises but very effective. At this level, “Hidden Path” will go beyond the expectations of several.

"After Midnight" embalms our ears with lines of white noises and lamentations of fed gargoyles. The moods are psychotronics with these organic synth lines which float such as clouds deriving in a radioactive zone. A heavy more musical synth pad pierces these ambiences, introducing especially the first stammerings of the sequences “Hidden Path”. "After Midnight" gallops then awkwardly on this first sketch of rhythm pierced by synth chords lost in our memoirs. The rhythm becomes more precise but remains charmingly incoherent. Skipping like a cat on a boiling groundwater, it bursts here and there with touches sequenced keys to the jolts as unexpected as very customary, while that a soft flute caresses these jumps which aim to be more and more violent. Quietly, "After Midnight" becomes as heavy as dark and stays as much minimalist than violent with sequences to the chaotic musical cabrioles which are splashed by fluty beams. Motionless rhythms, with an approach based on sequences in forms and movements in constant permutation, and ethereal atmospheres which are weaved in the mysteries of a Mellotron full of mystic breezes and fluty melodies; such are the bases of good retro Berlin School, such is the recipe of “Hidden Path”. After a more celestial intro, an introduction which reminds me the flights of ether from Neuronium, "Coverage" explores the infinite rhythms of the crisscrossed movements of sequences. Rhythms which rise and come down, go and come in a torrent of sequences which compares with "After Midnight" but with more nervous movements and less Gothic ambiences. It's doubtless the track which is closer of a fusion of Tangerine Dream's two eras.

"The Outsider" continues this mode of ambiences stuffed with mystery which furnish the m synth padsajor part of the tracks in “Hidden Path”. This radioactive intro evaporates with floating, leaving a very crystal clear atmosphere for a delicate ballet of sequences which dance furtively with chords of an electric piano in a harmonious duel which is reminiscent of the vibes of Redshift. The rhythm is heavy. Trembling with its resonant sequences, it sneaks its way along a resounding vibe in order to eventually fly away with crisscrossed rhythmic caresses of which the deep still movements cut out the delicate harmonies of a solitary piano and an enchanted flute. "Nature of the Inexistence" adopts also this structure of introductions and finales filled with striations crystallized in vapors of iodine. The rhythm which pops out is wilder on the other hand with a pattern of sequences which flutter violently, intertwining their deep lines of static rhythms into some oozy ochred clouds a nd some fragments of solos from a synth more inclined to forge atmospheres than to draw solos. "Credence" moderates the elements with a rhythm which spins such as a bunch of snow in a beautiful night-storm. Poetics, the rhythm defines itself a little more as the title shells its seconds in beautiful Mellotron clouds to offer a movement of sequences where the ions agglutinate and dance like a trail of marbles stuck in a bowl. "Through the Mountains" ends “Hidden Path” softly with a meditative reverie where a very nostalgic piano lets itself tamed by the charms of a more black flute. That reminds me of the very melancholic moods of a more contemporary Bernd Kistenmacher. This is very beautiful and that concludes an album which makes admirably the link between vintage and contemporary Berlin School with the musical signature so stylized of Javi Canovas. Undoubtedly one of the beautiful surprises in 2014.

2014. Sylvain Lupari / gutsofdarkness.com & synthsequences.blogspot.ca