CD £4.49 FIG04C
CD on Photodementia collecting 2 EP's + bonus tracks (aka Dave Monolith).
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The next installment in the series that has got Brian hot under the collar of late. A 15 year old recording that was strangely left unreleased at the time. Initially a collaboration between three mysterious boffin-like producers aiming to marry the sounds of their contemporaries Dopplereffekt, Underground Resistance, Plaid, with the influence of earlier travellers such as Cabaret Voltaire and Human League. The effect is a slightly sinister take on techno influenced dance music.
The best comparisons would be toward the Rephlex label, Aphex Twin etc but there is a warm sound to the grooves, the third track particular is the perfect marriage of skittery electronics and warm melodic synths giving an energetic yet soothing hue. Elsewhere (and sorry I don’t see song titles anywhere) the fourth tune is a standout, beautiful juddering bass tones contrast with Plaid-like melodic flourishes. Later, an unexpected voice comes to the fore to break up the intense dancefloor rhythms. Its superbly done and will appeal to fans of early Warp, Autechre, Drexcyia etc.
9/10 Daniel McKenny Customer review, 9th July 2013
There has been some speculation of who Photodementia really is. Of course, it being on Rephlex and all, people have been saying it's Richard D. James, although at this point it's very safe to say that it's one of Rephlex newest and most promising artists, Dave Monolith, or David Barnard.
Dave Monolith's debut full length, "Welcome" was, in my opinion, one of the best and consistent electronic releases in recent memory. It had everything, super catchy braindance vibes, great drums and a sound that, in my eyes, transcended genre and was just one big album of great beautiful braindance funk.
Photodementia isn't very different from "Welcome" nor is it a carbon copy. It takes a lot of the styles, synths and vibes from "Welcome" and puts it into a Drexciyan electro feel. Needless to say, it works wonderfully.
The tracks on this debut album from Photodementia, (or Dave Monolith's second LP) is a compilation of two vinyl E.Ps that were released earlier this year and late 2012, with some fantastic bonus tracks that bring the album to a full and satisfying 20 tracks and 66 minutes.
The tracks on the album vary quite a bit, and can go from some serious pounding braindance funk (Japanese Robonik, Sporobolus) to a calmer, more alien feel (Gyrectomy, Mysophilia) although the album keeps a strong style and feel throughout. There are tracks on the album that really fit the name "Photodementia" with their retro chorus like synths and more dissonant melodies and beats (Drux, 1 Yr Later) and really put the "dementia" into "Photodementia".
The tracks flow well and it ends just when the album is starting to wear on you, but the tracks don't really follow a certain feeling of an album. It definitely feels like a compilation of stellar tracks, but aside from the very end, (With the 6 minute "Drux" and the satisfying finale "Refractivation") the album feels more like a collection of tracks than anything else. Fig.04c is one of the best releases in a while and is worth every cent.
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