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Fireworks in the brain!,
This review is from: Dj Kicks (Audio CD)
He did it again! It seems that with every release he puts out, his sound morphs into something completely different. The love of my life is the idiots are winning and I had a hard time letting go. I am ashamed to admit that at first I was a bit disappointed to find out that he was moving away from that unbelievably experimental IDM sound or whatever it was called he created with that landmark record. That however did not last long :p
Instead of making a follow up he gives us a mix compiled from very diverse artists, something completely new and different! Again it's very hard to pin this sound down and perhaps we shouldn't even try. This sounds more organic than his previous work. More fluid. Very hypnotic and at times psychedelic.
It's hard to single out individual songs simply because the entire record feels like a whole. It's mixed perfectly together and almost impossible to tell where one song ends and the other begins. There is not a single showstopper on the entire record but there is one that absolutely stands out for me and that is Holden's own remix of Mogwai - The sun smells too loud. This song is,... on youtube I tried to sum it up as "tribal feelings. back to the roots. raw. powerful. life at its peak. struggle. beautiful." but really words can not describe it.
Other highlights are Ursula Bogner with Punkte, Grackle with Disco, Eric Copeland with Auto Dimmer and Maserati with No More Sages. For me those were all new artists I had never even heard of. Caribou's Lemon Yoghurt, Legowelt's Flight of the Jupiter and Kieran Hebden+Steve Reid's Departure were artists I had heard of before but not these tracks and damn they are all great too! Holden's very hypnotic Triangle folds is also one of the best tracks on there although I prefer it on it's own. The ending is epic in an almost mystical kind of way and imo it gets muddied up a bit by the song after it coming into play. Prolly my own fault for playing it way too many times when they released it separately as a promo for this mix album. Piano Magic's intro > awesome...
Yeah I am just going to stop here. I noticed I am listing every song on the cd and hey you can just check that out on amazon itself :p As usual this is a love it or hate it experience although it does continue to grow with each repeated listening. I work at a record store and played this a few time. Some people were really interested in it and others told me to turn down the racket. Give it a shot. I like to think that if you are a science and technology loving hippy, this record is made for you!
Like others have said before me the cover is imo not really a work of art but of course that's personal, don't let that discourage you from giving this record a spin!