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After five EPs in a row I was starting to question whether Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) and Olaf Bender's (Byetone) duo Diamond Version would ever actually make a full-length LP, and here is my answer. 'CI' stands for "Corporate Identity" apparently, and of course what's happening on here is lots of cold, crisp future-techno stylings.   What's less expected are some of the unusual choices of ...

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CI by Diamond Version
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 30 May 2014
After five EPs in a row I was starting to question whether Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) and Olaf Bender's (Byetone) duo Diamond Version would ever actually make a full-length LP, and here is my answer. 'CI' stands for "Corporate Identity" apparently, and of course what's happening on here is lots of cold, crisp future-techno stylings.   What's less expected are some of the unusual choices of guest vocalists, in particular Neil Tennant's appearance on 'Were You There', a repurposed gospel standard, with Tennant's voice sounding isolated and fragile amidst their pulsating mechanical rhythms in a softly jarring way. The beats throughout the record are crisp and cold and simple, slightly Basic Channel-ish but with subtle ambient drones and flickers. It makes me feel like I'm gliding over the city in my brand new flying car.   Several tracks here use samples of advertising slogans and automated phone lines, in keeping with the "Corporate Identity" theme, with some of the best vocal spots on the album turning out in moments where there are no guests, in the one-two shot of the robotized sloganeering of 'Science for a Better Life (CI)' and the meditation on being put on hold which follows it, 'Connecting People'. More satirical and risk-taking than I expected, then, but still the precise futuristic darkness that'll go down well with people who've enjoyed the EPs to date.



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