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Oneohtrix Point Never is Daniel Lopatin, a US native whose work has brought him to the forefront of the modern electronic composition scene. Though Lopatin’s rise felt meteoric following his 2009 double-disc anthology Rifts and its 2010 follow-up Returnal his love of polyphonic synthesizers dates back to childhood jam sessions with his father’s Roland Juno-60.
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  • Audio CD (7 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Software
  • ASIN: B005J3VZ8E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Andro
2. Power Of Persuasion
3. Sleep Dealer
4. Remember
5. Replica
6. Nassau
7. Submersible
8. Up
9. Child Soldier
10. Explain

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Replica is the sixth studio album by Brooklyn-based experimental musician and Animal Collective-favourite Daniel Lopatrix, better known as Oneohtrix Point Never.

BBC Review

Like Stan Brakhage’s Mothlight, Daniel Lopatin’s latest album under the Oneohtrix Point Never banner is raised on the reactivation of dead parts. But, whereas the experimental filmmaker used the dismembered wings of fallen Lepidoptera to create a fresh facsimile of life, Brooklynite Lopatin trawls endless low-media channels to populate his cosmic electronic vistas with ghostly voices and half-forgotten signs. Salvaging the flotsam and jetsam of the past, he reconfigures destitute artefacts into artificial retro-futures populated by viscous Tangerine Dreams.

The long, drawn-out linear arcs that journeyed an abstract infinity on 2010’s Returnal and 2009’s double-disc collection Rifts still predominate, the dredged up bric-a-brac of obsolete television advertising boiled down to a warm luminescent mulch. Opening track Andro purrs like a neon feline lapping sub-atomic particles from an effervescent watering hole, finally spluttering an asthma wheeze of distended crow garble. Meanwhile, the title-track’s mournful piano patterns threaten to dissolve into the ether, subsumed by a crick of liquid static emitting semaphore in the guise of alien fauna. Explain’s bubbling jaunt bridges the aesthetic gulf between the US hypnagogic fraternity and Britain’s Ghost Box label, while reinforcing their shared conceptual concerns: the power of nostalgia and memory, their subconscious effects upon culture.

But Replica sees Lopatin stray from his traditional templates, making occasional forays onto the dancefloor, shackling his amorphous ambient tides to the tyranny of the beat. Sleep Dealer and Nassau sound like The Field hitting hiccup hi-scores with the snooze function on, while Up forges a natural alliance between Muslimgauze’s souk-saturated rhythms and Cut Hands’ abrasive appropriation of Congolese percussion.

Moves like these distinguish Oneohtrix Point Never from the current glut of analogue worshippers lazily setting their impotent tribute before the altars of John Carpenter and Cluster. While they seem content to wallow in shallow retrospection, Lopatin voyages on beyond the merely mimetic. Replica recognises the value of disenfranchised pasts, but redesigns our barely-there reminiscences to imbue a singular vision with the subliminal effects of the lost. Lopatin must be aware of the old adage about those forgetting history being condemned to repeat it, for this feels totally fresh… yet remains strangely familiar. --Spencer Grady

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dipesh parmar on 11 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
Under the guise of Oneohtrix Point Never, Daniel Lopatin's new album 'Replica' is an about-turn from his recent releases. 'Replica' is comprised of samples from '80s television ads which have been mutated <!--more-->sometimes beyond recognition, woven into complex patterns over 10 tracks. Ironically, 'Replica' actually sounds like the most accessible album from Oneohtrix Point Never to date.

'Replica' is a nervy affair at times but always interesting, fabulously brushed over with Oneohtrix's trademark vintage synth washes, as well as some piano. Lopatins constant change of direction within most tracks helps to keep your interest, but it is also due to Lopatins skilful understanding of sampling, dynamics and melody. This is exemplified by the best track on the album, `Child Soldier'. Initially erratic samples of video games and various vocal snippets graduate into lush synths and strings, a track that really shouldn't have worked at all but does superbly.

I've always had a bit of a problem with Oneohtrix Point Never, the albums are usually good but theres always a nagging feeling that someone else has done it already and better. As inventive and beautifully crafted as 'Replica' is, it often sounds like Brian Eno and David Byrne's seminal 'My life in the bush of ghosts' remixed by Boards of Canada. Memory plays a big part in Oneohtrix's work and 'Replica' is inherently obsessed with the past, but for all the sound innovations its an album steeped in the past with nothing new to say.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth on 19 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
For a while i thought i'd outgrown rock music. Go easy on me i was in my late teens and was yet to realise i'd barely scratched the surface with the vast and diverse genre at this point. Plus, my obsession with a little known band from Oxford, England who just happened to turn it's back on the familiar three chord back beat formula with their now seminal album Kid A, was at an all time high. During this relatively short period in my life, i waxed lyrical about the greatness of electronic music, particularly the bands dubbed Intelligent by the critics (IDM). Boards Of Canada were my favourites amongst this sub genre. I found Their approach to music making incredibly unique and totally beguiling, at the time i wasn't aware of the methods behind how the music was actually being made (in all honesty i'm still not quite sure) and i think that was part of it's appeal, i just felt completely immersed in it's warped acousmatic ambience.

Years have gone by and although i've always remained a fan of electronic music in all it's permutations. I have to admit to crawling right back to rock with my tail between my legs quite some time ago, championing it as comfortably my favourite genre of music. It's albums like Oneohtrix point Never's outstanding 2011 opus Replica that get me genuinely thinking maybe i was right all those years ago. Even though this album was pretty hyped by a few "alternative magazines" when it came out, I'm not sure how many people went out and actually bought this or even streamed it. If you didn't you should have. This felt and still feels like a landmark record, from the moment i press play and "Andro's" ominous synths blare out of my speakers to the disturbingly eroticized vocoder sounds that close out "Explain".
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Jerome Newton on 1 Dec 2011
Format: Audio CD
A departure from previous offerings, the new release from Lapotin blends 4th World Hassell/Eno overtones with a more familiar warm glow of the dark side of 80's vocal locks and synth washes. A much more edgier affair than Rifts or Returnal, Replica rewards with repeated plays, as it's nagging melodies and textures worm their way into your subconcious and you find yourself surfacing from a troubled sleep to find Roy Batty staring you in the face telling you he has done questionable things. In other words you should have taken that trip to an off world colony when you had the chance. Check out Steve Hauschildt for more of the same.
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