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ARTIST
TITLE
Harissa
FORMAT
2x12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
CADENZA 013EP CADENZA 013EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/11/2006

"Following the success of his enigmatic singles 'Seeing Through Shadows' for Richie Hawtin's Minus label and 'Flight LB 7475' for Ovum, Düsseldorf's Loco Dice returns with a monster four-track, co-produced with Hannover's Martin Buttrich, the man behind one of this fall's biggest hits -- 'Full Clip,' released on Carl Craig's Planet E. The four cuts on this doublepack EP are monsters all, between eight and 13 minutes apiece. Coming hot on the heels of similarly sprawling releases from Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano & Thomas Melchior, they confirm Cadenza's commitment to stretching electronic dance music's form to fit a more expansive frame. These are anthems, but they're anthems of a different sort. While too many hits beat their riffs like dead horses and treat their listeners little better, Loco Dice turns their attentions to gauzier, wispier elements: ghost melodies, feathery percussion, iridescent timbres that flash once and are gone. These are tracks for clubbers who like their bumping subtle; they're cuts for headphone listeners who want to follow a corkscrewed groove until the g-force tugs their lips into a private smile. The four tracks sound simple at first -- easygoing house rhythms, skeletal melodies, agreeable sounds and textures -- but the more you listen, the deeper they get, multiplying their inner dimensions exponentially. 'Raindrops On My Window,' opening with clopping hooves and twittering birdcalls, feels like a journey through the forest back to civilization: a male voice mutters monosyllables, a female singer wails a near-Eastern lament, and the track's taut machine rhythms box in an unruly bassline that cuts corners with every bar, refusing to slot itself in 4s. The whole thing is dead simple, unabashedly dark, and delectably funky. 'Paradiso' is one of the gentlest tracks you'll hear this year, braiding keening keyboard lines and unfolding like a flower caught by time-lapse photography. Romantic melodies meet Afro-Latin polyrhythms."