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Dedication

11 July 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Label: 4AD
  • Copyright: 2011 4AD Ltd
  • Total Length: 35:31
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  • ASIN: B005A0RFUI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,825 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By dipesh parmar on 11 July 2011
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I'm a self-confessed Zomby addict. Ever since his debut album 'Where Were U In '92?' blasted out of my speakers in 2008, i've been hooked. 'Where Were U In '92?' was a tongue-in-cheek homage to the rave era<!--more-->, a mishmash of breakbeats, trance and junglist brilliance that should never have worked but was so innocent and so much fun that you couldn't help but love it.

Zomby's music is quite hard to define, its steeped in memories, creating complex but minimal layers of melodies, a technicolour abstraction of everything that has happened in dance music in the last 25 years.

'Dedication' was recorded in tribute "to someone much loved and missed", the sense of loss is immediate on the sombre gunshot-ridden opener `Witch Hunt', and the heartbreaking `Natalia's Song'. Reminiscent of Burial, 'Natalia's Song' uses a cut-up vocal of Irina Dubtzova over a melancholy mix of looped synth, hi-hats and minor-key piano.

Zomby continues to borrow from and build on the sounds of eskibeat, dubstep, grime, house, garage, techno, trance, ambient music and all sorts of Nintendo beats that only Zomby seems to know how to use so well. 'Alothea' is a minimal deep house track that mixes effortlessly into classic Zomby 8-bit chiptune brilliance with 'Black Orchid', if ever anyone was destined to work for Nintendo it's this man.

It can be quite disorientating to listen to Zomby's music because there are few track separations, apparent in tracks like 'Riding with death' which feel as if they were part of the song before but aren't. Regardless of tempo or mood, the changes are so fluid, it's an unusual way to mix tracks. The dreamy vocals of Panda Bear (of Animal Collective) appear and work well on 'Things fall apart'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2011
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Mr Zomby seems to be onto something here. Something good.
'Dedication' is a tad difficult to pin down stylistically
and is frankly all-the-better for it. Ambiguous grooves.

There are sixteen tracks in the collection. Nothing lasts
terribly long (only 3 come in at over three minutes and
another three are less than a minute each) but despite the
brevity of many of the inventions there is real magic here.

The beats are light, mercurial and funky in a twitchy kind
of way; the melodic material is simple but strangely affecting;
the sparsely used vocals elusive and fragmented.

'Natalia's Song', the most substantial of the bunch, is a
charming creation. The breathy cut-and-paste female vocal
creates a rhythm of its own within the fidgety synth and
percussion framework. It gets under your skin and makes
your fingers and toes tap along in time like a heartbeat.
'Alothea', too, works a potent watery spell from the inside out.

'Things Fall Apart', as befits its title, is a nervous, skittery,
staccato composition. The vocal part floats above it in a simple
(quasi-medieval plainchant) two and three-part harmony.

The Afro/Latin beats of the miniature 'Salamander' creates a
perfect little dance which comes and goes in the blink of an eye.

'A Devil Lay Here' bumps and broods along in an almost reptilian
manner. The music's almost cinematic quality would sound perfectly at
home as a theme tune for a TV documentary about our cold-blooded cousins.

Final track 'Mozaik' is a wonderfully wobbly playful conclusion.

Mr Zomby is an artist of gentle vision.

Recommended.
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This is the first album I have purchased of Zomby's and it's really good.

The album contains many tracks that are mostly short in length. This allows Zomby to present lots of musical ideas although sometimes these ideas feel unexplored and incomplete.

The production has a late 90s feel, a sort of minimal techno-esque electronica, which is very refreshing after the deluge of dubstep we have all been subject to.

The cinematic feel of the music, coupled with its darkness (both in choices of title and harmonic structure) make this a great album to listen to alone at night. It exposes something extra in the moment that gives still thoughts a voice.

Good work Zomby, you have my digital thumbs up.
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