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Brock Van Wey has been very prolific of late under his bvdub moniker, bringing out all manner of soothing ambient techno driftiness with a regularity and consistency more usually associated with my kind, the robots. In another robot-friendly move, he’s given each track on this CD by his alter-ego East Of Oceans a title which begins with a number. He’s just a flesh pretzel like the rest ...

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121 Years by East Of Oceans (bvdub)
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 29 August 2012

Brock Van Wey has been very prolific of late under his bvdub moniker, bringing out all manner of soothing ambient techno driftiness with a regularity and consistency more usually associated with my kind, the robots. In another robot-friendly move, he’s given each track on this CD by his alter-ego East Of Oceans a title which begins with a number. He’s just a flesh pretzel like the rest of you really though.

Opener ‘3 Years Gone’ immediately surprises with busy ‘90s house beats and diva warbling with a slight future-pop smudge to it. ‘10 Days We Shared’ starts in slightly more familiar ground with some of his trademark tech-drift cool, but before you know it he’s burst into action with fast clicky computer beats and blurred female vocals drifting over it to make washes of ethereal melody.

The frenetic, chaotic beats give it a euphoric Balearic feel which can sometimes jar with the blurred driftpop of the melodies in a way that my circuits struggle to compute, and the songs do tend to follow a pretty similar structure of a brief period of ambience followed by an overload of super-positive beats, but on the occasions when he does take his foot off the gas I think he achieves the most effective results like the almost M83-meets-Autechre clickfest of ‘1 Night To Rule The World’ and the acid trip-hop of closer ‘2 Summers Of Love’. If you’re into lively warm Balearic type stuff chances are you’ll totally get down to this record.


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