Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dusty Kid: A Raver's Diary (Boxer Recordings, 2009)

Remember Robert Miles and his mega-hit "Children"? Though pretty different in style, "A Raver's Diary" kinda reminds of its atmospheres. Dreamy, trippy, and blissful. The sounds are quite close too: crystalline, spacy and glazed with reverb. The rhythmic background is based on techno rather than house, however, and this accounts for the remarkable differences between Miles's so-called "progressive" schemes and the more abstract touch of Dusty Kid. Instead of relying on hyper-catchy lines, the music lures with subtle layerings of minimal elements: very essential percussions, wavering melodies, and some very dark bass figures. Combined in very rich and dynamic structures, these elements enrapture without any need of gross kickdrum clichés. The tracks are everchaning sonic voyages which always keep a distinct dance focus, and show an impressive talent for nontrivial tension climaxes. Many a time the groove kicks in the middle of some celestial minimalist drift, when you would never expect it to start, and the ecstatic atmosphere it creates won't cease to surprise even after many listenings.

Dusty Kid is Paolo Alberto Lodde, from Cagliari (Sardinia). He was 26 when the album - his first one - came out for the renown German label Boxer Recordings.

  1. Here Comes the Techno
  2. The Underground Persistence
  3. Lynchesque
  4. Klin
  5. Cowboys
  6. Moto Perpetuo
  7. The Fugue
  8. Pluk
  9. America
  10. Agaphes
  11. Nemur (Walls of Guitars)
Download (320 kbps)

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Touane: Figura (Persona, 2008)
Monomorph: Alternative Fluid (Disturbance, 1994)

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