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ARTIST
TITLE
D*Votion/Come Out
FORMAT
12"

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CATALOG #
DOR 111EP DOR 111EP
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RELEASE DATE
2/9/2009

D*Note's "D*Votion" taken from the album Babel. Steve Reich's "Come Out" taken from the album Early Works. "The newest reissue from Slow To Speak's Francis Englehardt & Paul Nickerson features a simply timeless, remarkably ahead of its time production from British production collective D*Note. 'D*Votion' really stood alone at its time as an early staple of what would later become the sound strived for by the maturing productions of the late 1990s: not exactly a house record, too versatile to be pigeonholed 'nu-jazz,' simply too good not to withstand petty relegation into a soon-to-be-forgotten category of irrelevant electronic music. 'D*Votion' breaths new air into ailing earlobes, its warm, melodic chord progression, its wisely withheld breakbeat that peaks only at the triumphant end of the track, it's entire movement, a whole, cohesive, masterfully arranged and executed piece that builds with the steady crafted production, a nod to the minimal repetition and lush chord structures of early ambient stalwarts whose use of reiterated waves of basic melodies and wall-high synths established early on the means by which a song can entrance its audience into a sublimely euphoric daze. But more important than the techniques of production and arrangement, some pieces of music contain the precise chords, the very notes, the disposition perhaps, that seem so effective at cutting straight through the shell of socialized resistance to visceral experience that it's appeal can justly be deemed 'universal': objectively, undeniably beautiful. On the flip of this 12" is an example of early, stripped down minimalism from avant-garde composer Steve Reich with 'Come Out,' a repetitive, simple piece of early sampling that builds incrementally in its unsettling, almost haunting air of desolate, filtered echoes of human reflection. Don't miss this limited 12"."