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Oh its been quite the palaver. First I was going to review it, then it ended up in Brian’s pile but he ran out of time, now its back across to me like a musical hot potato and finally on this sunny morning I can give it the attention it deserves. Cooper is one ofthe most respected producers in electronic music but so far seems to have been happy to re-work other peoples music, making good o ...

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Human by Max Cooper
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 March 2014

Oh its been quite the palaver. First I was going to review it, then it ended up in Brian’s pile but he ran out of time, now its back across to me like a musical hot potato and finally on this sunny morning I can give it the attention it deserves.

Cooper is one ofthe most respected producers in electronic music but so far seems to have been happy to re-work other peoples music, making good of things by the likes of Nils Frahm. Hot Chip, Braids etc. This is certainly a confident debut. ‘Adrift’ is the first track which snags the ear, its complex skittery beats and soulful vocals bring to mind a world where Telefon Tel Aviv collaborate with Erykah Badu. The real killer track though is ‘Automaton’ which features cuts and splices from atmospheric indie types Braids. It all work to perfection here, the cut ups provide a perfect tangle of sound over the skittery drums and warm bass. Its sounds like a lot of the old school warm-tronica kind of Prefuse 73/Machine Drum stylee. ‘Supine’  is a perky blast of electronica with pulsing rhythms underpinning slowly evaporating warm synth lines whilst ‘Seething’ provides a tougher, more industrial clanging edge.

The album is good quality throughout with enough interesting aspect to avoid the coffee table. It reminds me of the Jon Hopkins record in that its wide ranging enough to appeal to people with a cursory interest in electronic music as well as the purists.


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