Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never

‘Replica’ is the first record that Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin) has made in a studio. It shows, too - there’s greater scope and ambition here when compared to earlier releases like ‘Rifts’, with emphasis shifted somewhat (but not wholly) away from synthesisers. Sampling takes a more prominent role - there’s Falty DL and Flying Lotus in this thing - as well as piano vignettes (‘Replica’) and manipulated vocal tracks (‘Child Soldier’). Everything is suffused with an air of computer-age uncanniness.

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Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never
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9/10 Brian 23 November 2011

I really really love OPN but I tried and tried with his last album 'Returnal' and found hardly anything on there that affected me in the same way his astonishing career overview 'Rifts' did. I realise I'm probably in a minority with that one, but who cares as after the comforting, languid new-age introduction to 'Replica' (probably the only really familiar sounding tune on the album!) I feel like he's been reborn again into another land of sonic possibilities whilst retaining many of his cherished sonic hallmarks. It has been reported this album has more of a techno feel than previous endeavours. In the same way Kompakt artists like The Field utilise hypnotic loops, grainy textures and woozy loops, Lopatin constructs a truly mesmerising sound-world that is quite extraordinary here. 'Sleep Dealer' is a track built from dreamy synths; creaking, squeaking, sighing loops & stuttering propulsion. An eccentric dream of a tune! 'Remember' is all megalithic ambience giving way to a mess of organic merging loops that melt and tangle before the thoughtful piano of the title track arrives with a characterful kosmische synth in tow. 'Nassau' distinctly recalls a more implicit version of 2010 tour mate Tomutonttu with its comical frog-like throaty pulses & foot pump rhythms, nice piano tones coming atcha on this one too!! More whooshing star-chasing ambience on the lush 'Submersible', the mid 80's inspired percussive loops of 'Up' are quite superb, almost tribal, mechanised but warm & hypnotic, the jungle of disorientating samples & evocative synth is just such a treat, an undeniable highlight of an already remarkable record. This cracking recording is what I'd have liked 'Returnal' to be but I'm sure that was just the casting off of an old skin. So this is what he had waiting for us beneath....nice work Dannyboy!



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