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Unbalance [Import]

2562 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Tectonic
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Flashback
3. Lost
4. Like A Dream
5. Dinosaur
6. Unbalance
7. Superflight
8. Yes / No
9. Who Are You Fooling?
10. Narita
11. Love In Outer Space (CD Bonus cut)

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BBC Review

Unbalance is the second album from 2562, aka Dutchman Dave Huismans, and an impressive step up from its predecessor, Aerial. After a string of highly promising 12"s that raised high expectations and arguably gave the near-legendary T++ a run for his money, Aerial was ultimately a little disappointing. Despite bustling UK garage rhythms and deep bass, the overall impression was of a perfunctory workout that erred too close to clinical execution. Unbalance addresses these issues with a sense of greater confidence and a real attention to texture.

Where 2562’s debut sounded too skeletal, the first track on the new album is a brief, but subtle passage of distant industrial sounds. Reverberating beats gradually pull into focus before blending seamlessly into Flashback, a compulsive percussion workout replete with whiplash snares and bruising bass. The sound here and throughout is urgent and detailed. Track three, Lost, weaves a spell with hypnotic vocal loops and lowering atmospheres. There's a whole host of technological dread here that would make a great soundtrack for a Philip K. Dick story.

The quality dips a little with Like a Dream which, with its rather mechanical execution, harks back uncomfortably to Aerial. Dinosaur raises the bar again with intricate synth work and funky tweaks. Yes / No is haunted and mesmeric while Who Are You Fooling? is punctured by brutal, pile-driving beats and menaced by sub-bass; but it's the pauses that provide a real sense of space and contrast.

Unbalance sketches views of a cybernetic near future that touches a number of bases, from dubstep and broken beat to the Detroit-tinged breakbeat sci-fi of Jacob's Optical Stairway. Yet it's more than the sum of its influences and Unbalance ultimately gives Huismans' much-feted fellow Dutchman Martyn a run for his money. --Colin Buttimer

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2562 follows up his groundbreaking debut album 'Aerial', and pushes both his creative talents, and the boundaries of dubstep, to another level entirely. 'Unbalance' is an exceptional body of electronic music, and fully demonstrates 2562's adept ability to move through engaging soundscapes with both pin-point precision drum programming and innovative sample regeneration. 2562, real name Dave Huismans, is named after the postcode in The Hague, Netherlands where he lives, a city detached from the main epicentres of dubstep, and thus brings both cultural distance and a uniquely diverse sound to the project. During the course of a brief but faultless discography, he's dropped four killer twelve inches for Tectonic, as well as 'Aerial' - one of the defining albums of 2008 - not to mention a similar number of singles under his A Made Up Sound guise, and, in the process, has blown wide open a number of scenes, allowing a welcome and long overdue cross pollination within DJ set lists. 'Unbalance' sees 2562's vision of dubstep moving forward into previously unexplored areas. Warmer than its predecessor, innovation and experimentation is still as evident as ever, as the influence of Theo Parrish and Flying Lotus meet with the deep end of Bristol bass music. With productions drawing inspiration from garage, dubstep, house, techno and broken beats - affiliations and collaborations have proliferated - killer remixes and one-offs have cemented the Dutchman firmly in the 'A' list of contemporary production talent. 'Unbalance' is impeccably built, and accessibly disposed: sheer dancefloor carnage is guaranteed. Tectonic label boss Pinch says:''I've worked closely with 2562 over the last few years and I can honestly say that 'Unbalance' is an incredible album - it's one of the most exciting releases that Tectonic has seen to date - it vastly exceeds the already high standard he set himself with 'Aerial'.''; With this new LP for Tectonic, 2562 breaks new ground - in moving away from the dub-techno associations of his earlier works, he creates a whole new world. It's with some major excitement then that we present his second full length album: 'Unbalance' on Tectonic - right on time for an end of year carve up. Where 2009 was ushered in by fellow lowland compatriot and close friend Martyn smashing it with 'Great Lengths', Huismans, in true competitive spirit, delivers a dancehall crasher of an album, to round out a year of even more pronounced genre exchanges and hybrid sounds. From the outset, 'Intro' and 'Flashback' let fly some of the face cards in Huismans' deck - the ample swell of swung garage informed by a new school sensibility, all grounded by that trademark giant bass presence. 'Lost' reprises a familiar broken refrain in refixed mode, landing with a delightful low-end almost junglist descent and a huge mid range melodic sustain, absolutely killer stuff. With 'Like A Dream' the album is really motoring by now - squashed Mr Fingers style acid machinations inside a wildout bass and drums swing, if anything typifying the sheer sense of progression and development this music brings with it. In many ways this is an album for playing out, but also about playing out - each tune seeming to recombine on second and third listens, just as the DJ's selection is never the same twice, even when playing the same records. Tear up the form book - the diversity and breathtaking momentum of this fine album moves fleet of foot - like Usain Bolt over Berlin - inspirational.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Dubstep 1 Nov 2010
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There are a number of journalistic techniques that can be used to describe an album such as Unbalance. To review through the medium of comparisons, then 2562 is the Squarepusher of dubstep. To review with needless complications of genre, then this is breakbeat techno for the post dubstep era, possibly 'IDS', 'dutch-step' or even 'post-step'. To review with far too much pretension, then this is an album produced sometime in the mid to far future by a race of highly-evolved bassline-based lifeforms trying to communicate with the primitive electronica fans of the present day to warn them that mankind will endure anxiety and dark confusion very soon.

I am going to ignore all of the above however and keep it simple. Unbalance is an intelligent album - possibly dubstep, possibly not, indeed possibly anywhere between these two points, but that is mostly academic. The album demands your full attention yet can be listened to with little. And, like all good albums, is accessible not just to fans of dance music. Of course there are nice basslines and breakbeats, but there is a subtle weaving of layers which can be appreciated in tandem with these.

If I have any grievances with the album its that whilst there is some variety in the nature of the songs there's not enough. Though some albums benefit from this (see the excellent We Can Create by Maps or Burial's eponymous album), Unbalance lacks the atmosphere and begins to look unimaginative as a creative whole. But the tunes are generally of a good quality and are far more thought-provoking than of what many producers are creating at the minute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked medodic dubstep vibes 9 Aug 2010
By Jon
Format:Audio CD
Just listening to this album on the headphones while browsing on the site and I had to write a few words to say how great it is. Wasn't sure how this would turn out and whether or not it would be as good as Aerial. It initially took me two or three listens to really feel this but I have to say it definitely surpasses Aerial in every sense. Back is the techno- tinged dubstep, but with more rhythmical verity and some more garagey beats that 2562 does so well but were conspicuously absent from the previous album. He's also taken it up a notch on the melody making for some really nice atmospheric tunes. If your a fan of Aeriel, Burials first album or just the more thoughtful deep electronic music pick this up and you wont be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One word - Amazing 10 Feb 2010
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This is a truly wonderful album. I am relatively new to the dubstep scene, but I would rank this up there in my top 2 or 3 favourite dubstep albums, alongside the likes of Scuba's A Mutual Antipathy. If you enjoyed that, or Burial, you are sure to love Unbalance.

2562 creates some beautiful, deep, rich and involving soundscapes for the listener without going too far off into experimental sounding stuff (something that some dubstep suffers from in my opinion). This was one of those albums where I was totally engrossed, right up to the, frankly mind-blowing, closing track. As soon as that ended, I hit play and listened to the whole thing again.

I've been listening to this quite a lot recently - It's rarely out of my CD player - and I'm still finding new depth in the tunes.

Really, really, REALLY good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant second cd 26 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
The dutch dubstep/techno producer Dave Huismans is exploring the diffuse border between dubstep and ambient techno. Beautiful soundscapes, as well on your headphone, or thru a big speaker system (to feel the basslines). A worthy follow up of his debut cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immense! 30 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
What to say about this album? It's amazing! It just works on so many levels.
After Burial, Untrue, this is the finest album yet from the dubstep genre. I don't see how 2562 can remain as an 'underground' artist after this piece of work!
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