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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revolver
  • ASIN: 5559610348
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Jones on 25 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
Pretty much high quality ambient techno with Orchestral samples. Murcof does a great job here.

The first track 'Ulysses' is epic.

well worth a look for IDM / Ambient / Experimental fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Another welcome Murcof offering 8 Nov 2005
By Rinchen Choesang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The only reason I rate this lower than the superb 'Martes' is that this is more of a concept/collaboration album. So whereas 'Martes' hangs together as an album absolutely immaculately and each track is a standout, this is naturally more episodic. That being said, every track has something to offer lovers of the Martes style and indeed to those who like intellectually stimulating electronica.

To have interpretations of Murcof from such electronica luminaries as Sutekh and Colleen is fabulous. Each of the collaborator's individual styles complement the Murcof 'ambience'. Especially in the Colleen instance, this can become musical genius feeding off and enhancing musical genius.

While the Sutekh and Colleen interpretations and the Murcof original 'Una' are the standouts here, the cerebral 'electro-symphonic' Murcof style illuminates every track. This is a fabulous album and well worth the very modest price.

As an earlier reviewer mentioned, the Leaf label sampler 'Delivery Room' (which includes the Sutekh track and 'Una' from this CD) is an incredible bargain. Lovers of the Murcof style will find much else to enjoy there for a ridiculously low price! Another Leaf sampler worth a listen (albeit not freely available now?) is 'Osmosis' - at times more beat-driven, but another excellent snapshot of Leaf artists' talents for a minimal outlay.

HAPPY LISTENING!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Give it time, it will pay 19 Nov 2004
By Clipitar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Some CDs need to be listened to 4 or 5 times before you like them. It's definitly the case with Murcof's latest collection, an assemblage of remixes and new stuff. It's minimal electronic music, so don't expect to be blown away by the grooves, they're very subtle. The closest thing to a regular technoid song here is Sutekh's remix of Memoria, and it's guaranteed to be your favorite track -- at least at the beginning. But keep listening to the whole album and somehow you'll gradually get mesmerized by its atmosphere. This is the perfect antidote to the so-called "lounge" music, which is getting dramatically passe and overly commercial. If you like it, or if you're unsure about this CD and want to try something more accessible yet in the same genre, get your hands on the Leaf Label low-price sampler called "Delivery Room". Best quality/price ratio in ages.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
more murky goodness from murcof 17 Sep 2004
By somethingexcellent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Twas just over a year ago that one Fernando Corona dropped his amazingly solid debut of Martes on my unsuspecting ears and made me a quick fan. With his blend of low-end beat programming and his love of cinematic strings, it was like a match made in heaven for me. Utopia is sort of a stepping-stone release from him that contains 4 new tracks and 7 remixes from some seriously talented individuals to help round out the mix.

Taken from a recent single of the same name, the epic of "Ulysses" opens the release and although all the familiar elements are there, Corona seems to make everything sound new again. Building ever-so-slowly, the track blends ever-harsher electronic pulses with soft strings before the track cracks at just past the halfway point and begins rumbling with a minimal dancefloor beat. "Urano" takes things in a slightly more experimental direction, opening with low string bows and clicks before melting into a creepy finale that sounds like one of the darker tracks from The Last Temptation Of Christ soundtrack.

Of the new tracks, it's "Una" that's probably the most beautiful. Looping string swells and a female chorus section, the track sputters along with plenty of glitch before finally locking into a percolating rhythm. Elsewhere on the disc, everyone else has their way with the tracks and standouts include the stunning "Muim" (stripped-down and fluttered into soft wings by Colleen), the splattery glitch workout of "Memoria" by Sutekh and the jet-black washes of crushed sound by Deathprod.

With other excellent mixes turned in by Jan Jelinek, Fax, and Icarus, there's a absolute wealth of material and fortunately it's very nearly all immaculately done. With 32 minutes of new music from Murcof and well over 40 minutes of remixes, it should be enough to hold you over until his forthcoming full-length (due in a couple months) arrives. After hearing this, I can't wait.

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my favorite one from Murcof 21 Feb 2012
By DavidVincentOne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's so good I've been listening to it too many times. A great album for long nights driving or staying home in bed.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Murcof 11 Jan 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This Artist is the best thing to come out of Tijuana in a very long time, you will enjoy the beats and the surreal sound that he has mastered.
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