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Saturday, June 09, 2007

DOPPLEREFFEKT - Calabi Yau Space (Rephlex)


Real electronic music heads take note, and quickly - it's finally with us, four years after the incredible 'Linear Accelerator' we have the new Dopplereffekt album and shock horror, it's on the Rephlex label? Well it makes perfect sense really, Rephlex have been championing 'classic electronic music' since their inception all those years ago, and Dopplereffekt is just about as classic as this music gets. Following on from the laboratory-based mostly beatless explorations of 'Linear Accelerator', 'Calabi Yau Space' is similarly synthesizer led, taking in huge lungfuls of influence from Tangerine Dream, Delia Derbyshire and of course Kraftwerk to produce some of the most engrossing electronic textures we've heard for years. Gerald Donald (one half of Drexciya, but you already knew that, right?) has for a long time had us hooked on his musical output but you've got to understand, this album is something truly special, and something that will no doubt be hailed as essential in years to come. Kicking off with the sub-aquatic arpeggiated bliss of 'Calabi Yau Manifold' we are already in prime Dopplereffekt territory with a slice of pure science fiction gold. This is the sort of music which commands visuals, and not in the way that it sounds necessarily cinematic but it just brings up images in your head, a power that the two Drexciyans have always retained in their music and Donald certainly hasn't lost. Following on from this we get the bass heavy proto-electro crunch of 'Hyperelliptic Surfaces', a track which could have tiptoed from the annals of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (especially towards its final third) accompanying a particularly mystifying episode of Doctor Who, no doubt including plenty of references to androids. These two tracks set the pace for the rest of the album, which is simply a masterclass in analogue experimentation, and proof if ever proof were needed that Detroit still has it. Amongst the mystery and leaning towards science fiction too there is a certain soul, a spirit which was most lovingly explored by Vangelis in his soundtrack to Blade Runner where he gave a heart to the mechanical creatures explored in the storyline of the movie. Just check 'Compactification' for the record's melancholy core, a track which the rest of the album is perched around and just about as emotive as electronic music gets. Quite simply, you need to purchase this record, whether you're into ambient music, classic electronic experimentation or good old fashioned electro, you just won't be disappointed. Highly Recommended. in boomkat [Para Ouvir]

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