7 Dunham Place
Originally released in 2008, this is the debut full-length release by renowned Düsseldorf minimal DJ, producer and Desolat label-head, Loco Dice. 7 Dunham Place has been created to take the listener on a journey: an album to be treasured as a fine-textured catalog of the senses. Loco Dice, who spends much of his time shuttling between the world's main electronic music ports as an in-demand DJ, packed up his studio and relocated to New York City. There, he fomented a raw and simmering soundtrack: a nuance-packed collection of sonic interpretations of scenes, characters and moods from the most diverse and mythologized city in the world. The album specifically pays homage to their adopted home base, Brooklyn, while sketching the trajectory of a musical life uprooted and transplanted, where dream-like feelings of isolation and melancholy transmute into a sense of place and kinship. Loco Dice began a fruitful studio partnership with Martin Buttrich in 2002 leading to tracks like "Phat Dope Shit," "Menina Brasiliera," and "Seeing Through Shadows," and these productions are meticulously planned by Dice. It's a directorial, cinematic outlook, which permeates Dice's everyday life: fed by his experiences living in extreme environments like Ibiza and New York, as well as drawing on elaborate film scripts imagined as a young Loco Dice on the streets of Flingern in Düsseldorf and the Kerkennah Islands in Tunisia. It's an album that re-imagines the soul of a city, built from careful observations of urban tribes that crisscross and sometimes clash, of minute details and sensory impressions. From the two guys at the local deli who're always on the verge of fighting over football results or presidential candidates, to the tattooed lady couple who sell the morning soul food, all find their way into this cohesive collection of tracks which breathe deeply, and as they exhale, tell a story. "M Train To Brooklyn" includes the sounds of a subway train on the tracks, with a low-slung, incredibly relaxed vibe, "Esquina" is a Latin-themed piano-led track with bouncy beats, and "Tight Laces" uses sampled female voices, shakers, and analog squiggles that make the track sound absolutely propulsive, like everyday life. 7 Dunham Place is your city-commute headphones soundtrack with reduced grooves, kept infinitely personal.