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4.0 out of 5 stars Music to my 0161 ears, 4 Feb 2009
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Colin McCartney (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is not, as its title suggests, an ambient concept album about the far future. It is futuristic though, but in a 1970s/1980s BBC television kind of way: "Tomorrow's World", "Look Around You", "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". Producer Mark Pritchard pays homage to the spirit of those programmes, but also manages to bring in something else and in doing so manages to avoid sounding out-and-out retro.

Along the way there are nods to Detroit (besides the obvious 313 reference) - particularly Drexciya and Dabrye - as well as fellow Brits Black Dog and Boards of Canada. The beats are kind of hip-hop, but for me this is really a techno record. The almost anthemic "Word Problems" is up there with the best UR material. "Köln" evokes memories of early 90s Planet E releases. "Flaash" is Phuture's "Acid Tracks" updated.

This is the third top quality release from Warp Records in as many weeks - a welcome return to "dance music with bleeps" from a label that has too often become sidetracked in recent years.

Someday all albums will be made this way...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to Beats, Bleeps & Bass...., 12 Feb 2009
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Robster (Watford, England) - See all my reviews
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Towering beats, bleeps & bass album here from Warp's Mark Pritchard... Interestingly this is Warp's most 'Warp-esque' release in a long time and as such could easily sit sonically with the best of Warp's mid 90's output (that's high praise indeed)... However, it's all served up with a healthly nod to grimey Noughties dance floor culture, has a serious retro twist and crackles with smile-inducing production values throughout...

Played through some Sennheiser SP-25's it's a triumph, with Pritchard's obvious love for all things synthetic shining through...

Echoing the precious reviewer, we can only hope that the label returns to nuture it's long suffering Electronica roots, but this is certainly a 'two-step' in the right direction...

Thoroughly brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's good but...., 6 Aug 2009
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Ian Pugh "e@zy" (Liverpool, England) - See all my reviews
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....I'd listen to Dopplereffekt's 'Gesamtkuntswerk' from 1999ish to hear what might be described as the original version of this album. Homage? Maybe. Rip-off? Well, perhaps. 'An update' is prob'ly the best option.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The rise of the robots, 20 Feb 2010
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Bought this at the same time as Four Tet's 'There Is Love In You'. This is the one that is getting the air play. Wonky rhythms march out of the speakers like an army of 8-bit video arcade robots, peaking with the irresistible 'Word Problems'. You suddenly realise that the whole thing is more funky than you thought - something more than a 80s computer sound effect nostalgia trip. I hope the artists appreciate why the gangsta rap vocal on 'Battlestar' is a waste of effort.
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