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North

18 Oct. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 18 Oct. 2010
  • Release Date: 18 Oct. 2010
  • Label: Hyperdub
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 Hyperdub
  • Total Length: 39:36
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0044KIIJC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,088 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you're expecting 10 tunes along the lines of Darkstar's UK-garage-y single "Aidy's Girl is a Computer" you're in for a surprise. Or even if you're just expecting a record in-keeping with what, to date, most would consider to be the Hyperdub sound (dubstep, techno, electro, dub, whatever) you're also in for a surprise. Fans of the label don't need to panic though - Hyperdub haven't done a Peacefrog and started releasing incongruous indie artists.

What they HAVE done, is something really cool.

"North" sets its stall out in the first two tracks. Track 1 (side 1) is a stunner: there's a misleading bleepy intro before we get to music, reminiscent of Spiritualized's "Broken Heart". Track 2 is a cover version of a little-known Human League b-side (I'd never heard of it anyway) "You Remind me of Gold" (here titled just "Gold"). Whilst sonically Darkstar don't have that much in common with the Human League there IS one, key, common thread - their ability to sound both cutting edge and popular. This is pop...I think, but it is that rare breed of pop which is also adventurous and experimental. There are clear parallels with (label-mate) Burial, if not in style, then in terms of an overall mood of sadness and wistfulness.

So what exactly is "North"? Well it's very difficult to say - and that is a good thing.

One description could be: suppose Robert Wyatt, inspired by Pet Shop Boys and Massive Attack, decided to make an album that sounded a bit like both? But that really that doesn't do Darkstar or any of the three of my proposed influences justice. But you might just see what I mean if you've heard this?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A_t on 14 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I had great hopes for this, having loved "Aidy's Girl's A Computer" and being a fan of much of Hyperdub's output, not to mention having read numerous very positive reviews, but I feel sadly underwhelmed.

The good: Some great sonic textures; interesting granular sounding synth sounds, very well combined. Some of the digital glitches, dropouts & granularisations which occur are great, like weird matrix moments when the digital breaks through the facade of human normality

The bad: The lyrics & songs. If you're going to present a song, particularly when accompanied by such great sonic architecture, it should ideally be more than just a bunch of anodyne lyrics delivered in a passable but nondescript voice. Sadly, this is pretty much what you get. I got no particular sense of *anything* from the vocals, other than that they were there to fill a spot in the sonic environment, but even in that context, the character of the voice was sadly lacking in textural interest relative to just about every other element in the mix.

A great shame, as they are clearly very talented producers. Had this been an instrumental album it could have been superb, but if they wish to continue down a song-led patch, I can only hope that they choose to work with more inspired singers & songwriters from now on.
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By chrishughandrew on 12 Jan. 2012
Format: Vinyl
This is an unbelivable album! Buy it. But beware, AMAZON CANNOT PACK VINYL. Rather than sending the album in an vinyl postage sleeve the record was forced into an undersized box resulting the record cover being bent at the edges. HArdly how you'd expect a new product to arrive from a firm that specialises in mail order. Zero stars to amazon.
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