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The Heart Of The Machine
on 29 June 2011
Digitalism are German-based duo Jens Moelle and Ismail Tufekci.
Together they make fairly jolly electronic dance music. Their
2007 debut 'Idealism' was full of crisp and dry, big dirty beats,
often (as with opening track 'Magnets') not a million miles
away from the sonic territory inhabited by the likes of Daft Punk.
Their new album, 'I Love You, Dude', has ten tracks and finds them
digging deeper into the art of songwriting than they have previously.
It is a satisfying development. '2Hearts' is an especially fine example
of their capacity to craft a good tune and chorus and run with it.
Elsewhere the spirit of the eighties is never too far away. The brash and
deliciously squelchy Moroder-esque beats of opening track 'Stratosphere'
is a perfect little example of retro-economy brought bang up to date.
'Circles', too, chitters and chatters along energetically on a wave
of ear-bruising bass, soaring synths and deadpan vocals. It's a hoot!
I particulary enjoyed the dangerously noisy rock antics of 'Reeperbahn'
(machine-music to rattle your kneecaps and wake the neighbours) and the
curious semi-acoustic quasi-medieval shenanigans of 'Just Gazin''.
Top marks, however, go to the stuttering and staggering behemoth 'Miami
Showdown'. If this track lumbered into your hometown untethered very
few would emerge from the rubble unscathed! Dangerously addictive stuff!
Intelligent dance music with a heart as well a sound grasp of mathematics.