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  • Audio CD (11 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B0050I2OCO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

It takes a certain amount of guts these days to be a DJ/producer playing the 'anonymous auteur' card. Sure, it invests your music with a certain intrigue; helps, too, that you don't have to spend too much time on interviews explaining why your music is or isn't post-dubstep, future garage, or any other spurious collection of words cooked up by an excitable young citizen of the blogosphere. Fact is, though, that there's so many wannabees out there right now hustling for attention that if you're going to zip your hoodie over your face in photoshoots and slack off pretty much every DJ slot anyone's ever booked you for, you'd better make damn sure that your music is going to merit a fourth listen.

Luckily, the music of Zomby does - not that it's that easy to pin down. Earlier releases have marked him out as a denizen of the post-rave diaspora, marshalling lurking dubstep bass, 16-bit sound effects, and on his debut album Where Were U In '92, a purposefully nutty love-letter to the hardcore era, all crashing breakbeats, airhorns and ragga toasting. Also present in his music, though, is a sort of ascetic centre - an emotional quality in some ways reminiscent of his peer Burial, but also redolent of Aphex Twin's more melodic ambient work.

Dedication, Zomby's debut LP for 4AD, resolves to explore this side of his music a little more fully. Recorded in tribute "to someone much loved and missed", it is a far more subtle collection than …In '92. Natalia's Song, with its yearning synth and cut-up vocal line, is reminiscent of Burial, but throws in a wildcard of gentle, minor-key piano. Things Fall Apart, pixel-like melodies scattered over a snappy grime beat, boasts a sombre vocal from Animal Collective's Panda Bear. And the drill'n'bass-ish Florence is exquisite in its construction, all beats like butterfly wings and synths so slender they might break in a strong wind.

The beauty of Dedication is the way it takes a sound palette familiar to the dancefloor, but uses it to paint an unfamiliar picture. When gunshots ring out on Witch Hunt, a wisp of choral synth and flickering snare, it feels less like a gangsta move and more like a metaphor only its maker understands. He probably won't elaborate. Credit to this fine record that, when you actually listen to it, the need for explanation feels like the last thing on your mind.

--Louis Pattison

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I'm a self-confessed Zomby addict. Ever since his debut album 'Where Were U In '92?' blasted out of my speakers in 2008, i've been hooked. 'Where Were U In '92?' was a tongue-in-cheek homage to the rave era<!--more-->, a mishmash of breakbeats, trance and junglist brilliance that should never have worked but was so innocent and so much fun that you couldn't help but love it.

Zomby's music is quite hard to define, its steeped in memories, creating complex but minimal layers of melodies, a technicolour abstraction of everything that has happened in dance music in the last 25 years.

'Dedication' was recorded in tribute "to someone much loved and missed", the sense of loss is immediate on the sombre gunshot-ridden opener `Witch Hunt', and the heartbreaking `Natalia's Song'. Reminiscent of Burial, 'Natalia's Song' uses a cut-up vocal of Irina Dubtzova over a melancholy mix of looped synth, hi-hats and minor-key piano.

Zomby continues to borrow from and build on the sounds of eskibeat, dubstep, grime, house, garage, techno, trance, ambient music and all sorts of Nintendo beats that only Zomby seems to know how to use so well. 'Alothea' is a minimal deep house track that mixes effortlessly into classic Zomby 8-bit chiptune brilliance with 'Black Orchid', if ever anyone was destined to work for Nintendo it's this man.

It can be quite disorientating to listen to Zomby's music because there are few track separations, apparent in tracks like 'Riding with death' which feel as if they were part of the song before but aren't. Regardless of tempo or mood, the changes are so fluid, it's an unusual way to mix tracks. The dreamy vocals of Panda Bear (of Animal Collective) appear and work well on 'Things fall apart'.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2011
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Mr Zomby seems to be onto something here. Something good.
'Dedication' is a tad difficult to pin down stylistically
and is frankly all-the-better for it. Ambiguous grooves.

There are sixteen tracks in the collection. Nothing lasts
terribly long (only 3 come in at over three minutes and
another three are less than a minute each) but despite the
brevity of many of the inventions there is real magic here.

The beats are light, mercurial and funky in a twitchy kind
of way; the melodic material is simple but strangely affecting;
the sparsely used vocals elusive and fragmented.

'Natalia's Song', the most substantial of the bunch, is a
charming creation. The breathy cut-and-paste female vocal
creates a rhythm of its own within the fidgety synth and
percussion framework. It gets under your skin and makes
your fingers and toes tap along in time like a heartbeat.
'Alothea', too, works a potent watery spell from the inside out.

'Things Fall Apart', as befits its title, is a nervous, skittery,
staccato composition. The vocal part floats above it in a simple
(quasi-medieval plainchant) two and three-part harmony.

The Afro/Latin beats of the miniature 'Salamander' creates a
perfect little dance which comes and goes in the blink of an eye.

'A Devil Lay Here' bumps and broods along in an almost reptilian
manner. The music's almost cinematic quality would sound perfectly at
home as a theme tune for a TV documentary about our cold-blooded cousins.

Final track 'Mozaik' is a wonderfully wobbly playful conclusion.

Mr Zomby is an artist of gentle vision.

Recommended.
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Score: 7/10

I've been listening to this album a lot in recent weeks, lived with it you could say. I have to say that this album starts off very well and for the first 5 tracks it's right up there with Zomby's best output to date, but then 'Vortex' starts and the whole vibe changes and the energy ebbs away and it never gets it back. It actually becomes a little annoying in places, or just a bit dull, or even depressing (maybe it's supposed to be a bit depressing?). 'Things fall apart' and 'Mozaik' are pretty good, and 'A devil lay here' is ok, but the rest is quite insubstantial and doesn't really hang together or inspire. Is 'Witch hunt', 'Natalia's song', 'Alothea', 'Black orchid', 'Riding with death' and the 3 tracks mentioned above enough for you to part with your cash? I'll let you decide. Personally speaking it wasn't quite enough to make my 'albums worth owning' list.
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wow, who would have ever thought that the undead could sound so alive? certainly not me. After watching the walking dead and several films like it in the 80's on my friend Pauls brand new Fergason Video Star I would never imagined that they could even operate a lift let along the complicated buttons on an Apple Macintosh. Simply stunning.
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