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  • Audio CD (25 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B005N1PTQG
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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On the heels of the Fleur EP and this summer s Love Pressure remix project, Sepalcure are now poised to release their eponymous debut full length. The duo of Travis Stewart (Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (Braille), utilize the broader canvas of the album format to develop their collaborative process and incorporate the diverse influences present in their solo work to their sonic mixture. Machinedrum s much-heralded Rooms LP for Planet Mu, and Sharma s recent EPs on Hotflush and Rush Hour reflect the impact of the frenetic, paranoid rhythms of the modern Chicago underground on the wider electronic world and the return to vogue of another musical style that originated from that city: House. But both artists add a crucial sense of emotional sensibility and melodic sensuality that defines the Sepalcure sound. Yuh Nuh See takes the bite out of juke s trademark staccato bass and looping vocals, washing the tension away with lush melodies and dubbed out atmospherics, while Eternally Yrs is a burbling update of the rave-house sound, with processed vocals rubbing up against woodblock beats and a relentlessly bouncing bassline. The One and first single Pencil Pimp are destined to light up dancefloors worldwide with their variations on classic house, while tracks like See Me Feel Me and Outside are breezy and sophisticated. The album is a bold statement from two artists at the top of their game.

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Over the last 18 months or so, the absorption of outside influences into dubstep’s template has reached critical mass. Gradual assimilation of house, techno, 2-step and Chicago juke has collapsed boundaries, resulting in the array of 'bass music' forms currently hogging dancefloors. Machinedrum and Praveen Sharma's collaborative project Sepalcure has been one of the more interesting results. Their earlier EPs melded samples and textures more readily associated with 'classic' house music with dubstep's weight and mood. Their debut full-length continues the same trend, but ups the ante, putting a host of other elements into play. The most obvious throughout is juke/footwork, whose stammering rhythms and rapid-fire tempos also acted as the basis for Machinedrum's solo album Room(s), released earlier this year.

Sepalcure, interestingly, suffers from the same problem as Room(s). Its blurred textures, shifting rhythms and darting voices are beguiling over the course of a few tracks, but when stretched out to album length result in a homogenous listen. Nothing here is bad – far from it, in fact. It's just that taken over a full hour's length, tracks have a slightly jarring tendency to blur into a single, drawn-out whole, making it too easy to allow the album to fade into the background. That’s not helped by the fact that the duo's overly melodic sound makes for rather polite music, stripped of the gritty edges that made early dubstep so involving.

That said, there’s much to love about this set. Taken as a collection of tracks rather than an 'album' per se (i.e. something you'd listen to and absorb from start to finish), some of its contents are little short of gorgeous. Like friend and fellow New Yorker FaltyDL, Sharma and Machinedrum excel at reminding the listener of the strong base connections between different forms of dance music. In their hands, UK-born styles like jungle, 2-step and dubstep are contextualised as limbs of a larger continuum stretching backward to the genesis of house and techno in the US, and forward to juke's hyper-accelerated motion and rhythmic complexity. Single Pencil Pimp is a great example. Rattling along at a bracing 150-odd beats per minute, the duo use drawn-out voices and synth to transform its manic rhythms into something altogether more relaxing, a trick that UK ambient junglists like LTJ Bukem were exploiting to similar effect in the 90s. And highlight Breezin offers evidence that the duo's additive approach can yield fantastic, physically involving results – beginning life as ragged, staggering funk, it slowly gathers rhythmic momentum until it reaches a state of blissful freefall.

Sepalcure, then, feels very much like a mirror held up to the current state of post-dubstep music. It's frequently fantastic, weighty, clever and emotionally involving, but strangely polite, and lacking in a sense of overall purpose and direction. The potential's there – it's just not been fully harnessed yet.

--Rory Gibb

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I have just recently got this on a Promo CD and it is a wonderful chilled laid-back album. If you like your tunes chilled, then you'll love this album a lot.

There are ten tracks on the album

01. Me
02. Pencil Pimp
03. The One
04. See Me Feel Me
05. Eternally Yrs
06. Yuh Nuh See
07. Breezin
08. Hold On
09. Carrot Man
10. Outside
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great electronic album 29 Dec. 2011
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I'm not one for long drawn out customer reviews of albums. Every should take music in without too much interference from others. All I've got to say is that Sepalcure have managed to create a full and complete electronic music album that doesn't coming along all too often. It's wonderfully textured, not overly complex or cerebral, filled with beautiful soundscapes, and organic beats. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this all the way through, and will continue to do so on many more commutes to come. Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Indie Electronica 18 Sept. 2012
By D. A. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a lot going on in the Indie electronic genre - everything from more pure trance/techno of 'The Field' to the harder, louder 'Crystal Castles'. This album fits much more toward the ambient/pure electronic category, but adds some interesting and unique lyrics/vocals to keep interest of those turned off by strict electronic beats. The album promotes a very relaxed, chill mood throughout without ever being boring. Each track has something different to offer whether it be a percussion or synth element to keep your interest. Highly recommend to a fan of any electronic genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Primal Response 30 Dec. 2011
By Hbar - Published on Amazon.com
The beating of a drum did more to motivate me for a football game than any pep talk. Maybe the other team's band was just doing their own warm-up. Maybe they were trying to tap into the aggression buried under our jerry-rigged conscience to motivate their own team. Whatever the drummer's motivation, that moment forever linked beats, particularly beat heavy "dance" music, with my primal aggressive instincts.

This album provides a steady stream of beats that make me want to get up and do something physical. The album has a feel of expert beat makers demonstrating their mastery of the fundamentals of their craft. The point isn't to push the limits and challenge the field with something new. The point is to challenge the field by demonstrating just how awesome they can be. Beat that beat, is the implicit challenge to other artists in every refined sample and loop. You can almost hear the challenge in every track. Can you measure up, are you good enough? Huh, ARE YOU?!

Then again, maybe that's just my response to their artistry. Maybe I should stop typing and go lift some weights or jog around the block...
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