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Skies Okay Blue
NON 37
26 Sep 14
Deep House
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Skies Okay Blue (extended version) - (8:00) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cycles (extended version) - (6:44) 102 BPM
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Burnt Friedman - "Silberne Libelle" - (2:05) 131 BPM
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Review: Burnt Friedman comes through with another slice of delicious Nonplace goodness! Friedman's music is singular to say the least, where dub techno is broken up and re-soldered into a nutty, Afrobeat-tech pastiche. If that sounds crazy, then you're probably right because "Skies Okay Blue", for example, is simply indescribable. Glitchy, hazy beats, echoing melodies and a super-funky bassline are at the helm. "Cycles" is also rather insane thanks to its shuffling percussion and oddball synths, while "Silberne Libelle", although mystical and no less odd than its counterparts, is the tamest of the lot. Another winner from Mr Friedman!
Cease To Matter
NON 38
17 Oct 14
Deep House
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Burnt Friedman - "Testmaze" - (4:06) 82 BPM
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Burnt Friedman & Daniel Dodd-Ellis - "Skies Okay Blue" - (5:38) 122 BPM
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Burnt Friedman & Daniel Dodd-Ellis - "Inward Sun" - (3:30) 128 BPM
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Burnt Friedman & Daniel Dodd-Ellis - "Cease To Matter" - (3:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Burnt Friedman - "Boundary Loss" - (3:27) 89 BPM
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Burnt Friedman & Daniel Dodd-Ellis - "Cycles" - (4:13) 102 BPM
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Burnt Friedman - "Kidney One" - (2:25) 120 BPM
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Burnt Friedman & Daniel Dodd-Ellis - "On Her Plate" - (3:37) 84 BPM
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Burnt Friedman & Daniel Dodd-Ellis - "Cease To Matter 2" - (2:51) 50 BPM
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Burnt Friedman & Daniel Dodd-Ellis - "Inward Sun 2" - (2:50) 129 BPM
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Burnt Friedman - "Silberne Libelle" - (2:05) 131 BPM
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Review: It's a brave producer - particularly one with such a long career behind him - who calls an album Cease To Matter. But then Burnt Friedman, active since the mid 1990s, isn't your average electronic musician. Happily, the album in question, his first with occasional collaborator Daniel Dodd Ellis, is one of his strongest in recent years. For the most part, it impressively fuses Dodd Ellis's Moodymann-ish spoken word vocals - some inspired by Aldous Huxley's LSD-inspired book Brave New World - to Friedman's unconventional, IDM-influenced dub rhythms and baked downtempo textures. The results are predictably spacious and otherworldly, with sublime piano motifs winding their way around dub basslines, sparse electronics and atmospheric vocals.
Clock
NON 40
13 Mar 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Clock - (6:41) 62 BPM
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Inward Sun (reprise) - (1:21) 57 BPM
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Clock Version - (7:59) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lovestruck Battlefield - (1:35) 77 BPM
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Review: If you're looking for futuristic high-speed tribalism then Burnt Friedman's Nonplace imprint is the perfect place to start...and end! Over the last few years, the German maestro has almost single-handedly created a new subgenre, one that blends glitchy techno together with ritualistic drumming and very, very low frequencies - a winning combinations, basically! "Clock" is all broken drum steps surrounded by mild pads and slick vocals; there's a reprise mix, too, which scraps the beats and focusses on vocals and FX. Then there's a different version of "Clock", this time wonkier and more deranged in its melodic approach, and "Lovestruck Battlefield"...another stripped back piece of futuristic bass poetry. Killer.
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