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ARTIST
TITLE
Polis
FORMAT
CD

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SONIC 003CD SONIC 003CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/14/2009

2009 is poised to be the year where techno makes a true comeback. Chicago-based producer Billy Dalessandro needs no introduction. He has been there to witness the many changes techno has gone through in the past decade, and offers Polis as his response. Featuring 11 tracks, his debut album for Soniculture (and fourth artist album) is a look at city structure ("Polis" being the Greek word for "city") and the crumbling facades amidst urban decay. The world is headed into one of its most uncertain times, and that fear is reflected in these dark productions that Dalessandro created with late nights and early mornings in mind. The titles alone refer to a possible renegade dystopian future-world, and the sonic soundtrack is minimal, true Chicago dance music that is textured with impeccably tidy melodies and unhooked structures. For from the darkest hours, great things often emerge, and when music historians look back on 2009 as the year that techno made its comeback, Polis will certainly be among those works receiving great praise.