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Hardcourage [Single]

Faltydl Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Drew Lustman aka FaltyDL was born and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. It’s a place best known as the home of top Ivy League establishment Yale University. Other than that, Lustman explains “it’s a big ghetto.” The young Lustman found himself bouncing between these two worlds, not entirely comfortable in either. “i was a shitty student,” he explains. ... Read more in Amazon's Faltydl Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (21 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B009EFHLAO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stay I'm Changed
2. She Sleeps
3. Straight & Arrow
4. Uncea
5. For Karme
6. Finally Some Shit/The Rain Stopped
7. Kenny Rolls One
8. Korben Dallas
9. Re Assimilate
10. Bells

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BBC Review

Drew Lustman's music as FaltyDL bubbles with a very distinctive energy, a result both of his sample source material and his own idiosyncratic approach to arrangement.

On debut album Love Is a Liability and 2011's You Stand Uncertain, both released via Planet Mu, diced fragments of house, electronica and old-school UK rave were whipped up into rhythms that recalled two-step garage, but swung to the point of near-disarray.

Crucially, the unstable nature of the resulting tracks preserved the essence of Lustman's source material, making even their most laidback moments feel exhilaratingly anxious.

Hardcourage, Lustman's third album proper and first for Ninja Tune, follows on from a string of EPs and 12"s that followed his muse alternately into Theo Parrish territory (last year's Our House Stab), spaced-out Afrobeat (the Mean Streets EPs for Swamp81) and slinky garage (the Atlantis EP).

Fittingly for a producer who tends to flit from idea to idea – usually with very successful results, it must be said – Hardcourage represents something different again.

Significantly, it's much calmer and more measured than most of Lustman's music to date: opener Stay I'm Changed might, halfway through its length, blossom into a throbbing house pulse, but it's stripped of impact by the drawn-out tendrils of synth that coil between beats.

Similarly, advance single Straight & Arrow – one of the more nakedly lovely pieces of music he's released for quite some time – barely breaks a sweat as it slinks along for five hazy minutes.

It's all exquisitely produced, delicate and beautiful stuff.

However, something's also been lost along the way. The handcrafted, collage-ish feel of his earlier recordings is often absent, leaving far more smoothly defined compositions that lack the thrilling chaos that's typically a FaltyDL hallmark.

The best moments here are those that keep the tension ratcheted up to breaking point – the Moodymann-ish jazz chords and jitterbug house shuffle of Finally Some S***/The Rain Stopped, the rough-and-tumble funk of Kenny Rolls One. But they're largely found in the album's second half, making Hardcourage a frustratingly slow-burning listen.

--Rory Gibb

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3.3 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one star is harsh, three and a half maybe 24 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
Although I can see what the one star reviewer is saying, for me that boring filler album was sbtrkt's album of last year. This offering from FaltyDL I find similar but a lot more enjoyable. In some cases it's a bit radio friendly which I see as no bad thing. If you've followed Drew Lustman over the last five years it is interesting to see where he is now. Definitely worth a purchase for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this 19 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great album. A big step up from the previous album, not that albums are really the defining format for music like this. Some tracks are stand out - Uncea, Straight & Arrow, For Karme... Don't know why I'm even defending this on Amazon- dude is awesome.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Most disappointing CD I've bought in a long time 22 Feb 2013
By JasonB
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After reading a number of superlative reviews in a number of magazines I respect, I thought I'd take the plunge and buy this without listening to a few tracks first. It is one of the most mediocre pieces of music I have heard in a long time. Teach a monkey to use a sequencer (ok that could be hard), let them loose and you'd get a better result than this. The whole disc sounds like the last track on an otherwise favourite artist's CD, that they put on as a filler and you tolerate the presence of because the other tracks are so good. I've been in to EDM since the late 80s and this must rank in my top 5 dissapointing records. How am I going to sell it on Amazon Markeplace after this review?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had to buy 30 Mar 2013
By Matthew Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had to buy this album. I bought high quality head phones and this album is incredible all the way through. I HIGHLY recommend FaltyDL
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