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8/10 Brian Staff review, 15 January 2009I'm having an insomniac night. I wanted to carry on reading Watchmen so I can finish it before that freaking film comes out, just so I can smugly run away from all the geeks in the pub bemoaning it's unsympathetic celluloid deconstruction but instead I'm drawn to this CD by Helvetikone, it's named 'Bubble Hum' and has more ideas and cheeky electronic nous than a 1000 "skwee" 7"s and probably everything Hudson Mohawk hasn't thought of yet. Not to say it's a cross pollination of fashionable styles IE 1/4 Kode 9, a dash of Pole/T++ & a bucket of Flying Tortoise...Lotus. It's just slightly dark, stepping, itchy electronica with subtle grime/techno flourishes but it's mostly like a rich computerized wonderland with a bit of soul if you get my mind. All the buttons and keys are being pressed to create this hugely absorbing & rich stew of knowing electronica. There's some flecks of glitchy experimental hip hop, chirrupping hardware, fleeting vocal samples, some dubby techno beats mingling with hypnotic electro synth refrains. It's a hard album to pin down. Don't get me wrong, we're all on the listen out for fresh sounds here and it's nice to see trends come and go but this CD is quite simply a very interesting, eclectic & satisfying album of modern electronica with tons of classic hallmarks. Astral synths mingle downtown with jacking electro beats, aquatic dub meets Detroit cyber glitch! On towards the end abstract off-beats saunter around your mind stumbling into an unpredictable disembodied breakbeat fighting a fog of angry digital fuzz. There's enough fun here for any real fan of experimental yet accessible electronica, even spots of mild acid thrown in towards the end with some seriously mardy beats headbutting the asteroids into a steel waste paper basket. Huge fun, very compulsive and occasionally awkward, like we like it here. For fans of older Rephlex/Planet Mu before all the kids with baseball caps muscled in ;0/
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