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I Love You Dude

Digitalism Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2 Cooperative Music
  • ASIN: B004TN85X8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stratosphere
2. Hearts
3. Circles
4. Blitz
5. Forrest Gump
6. Reeperbahn
7. Antibiotics
8. Just Glazin'
9. Miami Showdown
10. Encore

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BBC Review

There's an eternal optimism to Digitalism. The sound of two friends, Jens and Isi, having the time of their lives, it takes a stubbornly miserable disposition to begrudge such bouncing positivity.

Part of the much-celebrated electro class of 2006/07, their debut album Idealism enabled the duo to graduate with honours. Then, it wasn't so difficult; everyone was swept up in the belated wave of crossover electro that Erol Alkan and Soulwax had spent most of their DJ lives creating. But where some of their contemporaries were happy to revel in abrasive frat-party grinds (MSTRKRFT), ostentatious Spinal Tap dramatics (Justice), or mad-scientist personas (Simian Mobile Disco), Digitalism were always most adept, and at their most comfortable, when creating soundtracks for careering, carefree summer months.

A wealth of considered remixes and the big floor boom and cascading breakdowns of Zdarlight and Jupiter Room, from said debut, might have marked Digitalism's arrival, but it's the hook-laden repetition of that album's highlight Pogo that's remembered most fondly. It's the group's calling card - the driving rhythm and looped repetition; the monotone vocals - and on I Love You, Dude, the same sentiment and sun-drenched purpose is recognisable.

But with formulaic flashbacks to Idealism - lead single Blitz is straight from the Pogo blueprint, and Reeperbahn serves up a weighty snapshot of Jupiter Room - Digitalism are also guilty of reverting to synth-driven type. Predominantly this stance remains a positive, with the trio of Blitz, 2 Hearts and Encore summer anthems in waiting. But take the Higher State of Consciousness free-fall of Miami Showdown, or Antibiotics' low-frequency barracking, and the bubblegum singles stick all the better.

But it's the contrast between these points - the brilliantly familiar and the boldly flawed - that ensures I Love You, Dude stays on the right side of lazy revivalism. Despite the echoes of their past on this second long-play set, Digitalism's perfectly timed return is more about fondness than contempt.

--Reef Younis

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Heart Of The Machine 29 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
Digitalism are German-based duo Jens Moelle and Ismail Tufekci.
Together they make fairly jolly electronic dance music. Their
2007 debut 'Idealism' was full of crisp and dry, big dirty beats,
often (as with opening track 'Magnets') not a million miles
away from the sonic territory inhabited by the likes of Daft Punk.

Their new album, 'I Love You, Dude', has ten tracks and finds them
digging deeper into the art of songwriting than they have previously.
It is a satisfying development. '2Hearts' is an especially fine example
of their capacity to craft a good tune and chorus and run with it.

Elsewhere the spirit of the eighties is never too far away. The brash and
deliciously squelchy Moroder-esque beats of opening track 'Stratosphere'
is a perfect little example of retro-economy brought bang up to date.
'Circles', too, chitters and chatters along energetically on a wave
of ear-bruising bass, soaring synths and deadpan vocals. It's a hoot!

I particulary enjoyed the dangerously noisy rock antics of 'Reeperbahn'
(machine-music to rattle your kneecaps and wake the neighbours) and the
curious semi-acoustic quasi-medieval shenanigans of 'Just Gazin''.

Top marks, however, go to the stuttering and staggering behemoth 'Miami
Showdown'. If this track lumbered into your hometown untethered very
few would emerge from the rubble unscathed! Dangerously addictive stuff!

Intelligent dance music with a heart as well a sound grasp of mathematics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect electronica 7 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this album. I mostly listen to it it in my car. It always rises my mood. It is digitalism's second album. And I think it is better than first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent evolution 6 July 2011
Format:MP3 Download
What a return for the digitalisim boys. apart from the obvious singles for me forest is the tune on the album. Easily one of my albums of the year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album! 24 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I hadn't previously listened to all the songs on I Love You, Dude before buying but wasn't disappointed when I did!
Better than Idealism in my opinion, with more memorable songs.
Just Gazin is a favourite!
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