Clicks and Boops: Electronic Round-up (Pt. 1)

So a little over a week ago I was listening to the latest Venetian Snares EP, Pink + Green, when it hit me– I had yet to hear any great electronic music so far in 2007 (Air’s latest doesn’t count– that’s pop).  Despite being a genre that has given birth to albums I would consider among my all-time favorites like Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and Tri Repetae, I have never really shown electronic music the love it so rightfully deserves.  Perhaps it has something to do with the overwhelming volume of it that exists– I don’t know.  So anyways, I decided to track down some of 2007’s more notable elctronic releases to this point.

Gui Boratto – Chromophobia

Boratto’s debut on Kompakt was the first album I checked out, and this one is quite impressive.  Much of Chromophobia could be classified as minimal house.  Tracks seem to slink effortlessly through colorful soundscapes littered with ambient samples.  Despite remaining relatively low key in its demeanor, Chromophobia will make you shake your ass.  In the latter stages of the album, Boratto breaks away from the subtler offerings heard elsewhere on the album– “Xilo” features a brooding guitar riff while “Beautiful Life” goes full-on pop with a vocal performance by Boratto’s wife.  Chromophobia is a balanced, highly listenable album that I will no doubt come back to frequently as the year moves along.

The Field – From Here We Go Sublime

This recently released debut from Sweden’s The Field (Axel Willner) has been getting indie critic nerds all worked up.  By taking small snippets of sound and exploding them out over simple trance beats Willner has managed to create a gorgeous and hypnotizing sound that has grabbed everyone’s attention with its deceptive simplicity.  Probably as much a pop record as it is an electronic record, From Here We Go Sublime is quite possibly what it would sound like if shoegazers decided to fuck around with laptops all day instead of well… playing guitar and gazing at their shoes.  This album is dripping with emotion, and that’s something that isn’t easy to do in this genre.  It does seem to drag a bit at times, but overall this is a solid album that has appeal for indie hipsters and electronic elitists alike.

Gabriel Ananda – Bambusbeats

I haven’t spent as much time with this one yet as I have with the others I just covered, but I like what I’m hearing so far.  Bambusbeats is chock full of richly layered beats that will bang your speakers harder than an American businessman on a coke bender bangs Thai hookers.  My joint here is a song by the name of “Sweet Decay” that builds into an ominous dancefloor killer with massive sawblade synths cutting through the track while the beat pounds relentlessly.  Bambusbeats is a meticulously crafted behemoth with one goal in mind– to make you drop dead on the dance floor from exhaustion.  This one’s a winner.

stay tuned because I have more electronic albums to babble about later in the week.  Okay, time to go play Beatmania WHOOOOOOO


~ by theoberlander on April 30, 2007.

One Response to “Clicks and Boops: Electronic Round-up (Pt. 1)”

  1. I believe it is time for Round Two, don’t you think? In case you didn’t know, it’s actually May 8 today. Cogs can blog too you know.

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