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ARTIST
TITLE
Seventynine
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
CADENZA 004CD CADENZA 004CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/7/2009

This is the debut solo album by Switzerland's Mirko Loko (Lazy Fat People) and his first appearance on Cadenza. With Seventynine, Mirko takes us even deeper into his musical imagination, celebrating the communal ideal of dance music with spirited, percussive tracks. But Mirko also diverges from the dancefloor, ducking into shadowy corners in search of more private emotions. With its groaning sub-bass and flickering percussive flashes, "Sidonia" echoes the dubby, drifting melancholy of classic Warp records. Bells and voices lend an atmosphere of shimmering energy that's carried over into "Around The Angel," which is propelled by intricate polyrhythms and uplifting female vocals. "Love Harmonic" possesses a classic, melodic sound inspired equally by Detroit and Sheffield, as lean drum-machine patterns entwine with loping congas, and lush strings color everything delicate shades of yellow and rose. "On Fire" marks a 180 degree turn, pursuing a scorched-earth policy in nearly 9 minutes of techno intensity. After that, "Astral Vacuum" offers necessary respite via a short, beatless passage of strings and abstract sound, before Mirko takes us once again into the breach with "Bluebook," a lean, focused groove battered by metallic drums and shot through with voices and bleeps ripped from radio transmissions. "Shadow" is deep and melancholic, with a booming 808 kick underpinning ragged, gleaming chords and frayed strings. "Tahktok" features a children's chant rising over a primal beat and scraps of Bulgarian folk song. With "Le Monologue d'Orfeu," Mirko returns to one of his limpid, endlessly unspooling, headlong grooves."Altrove" is 2 minutes of molten strings and electronic birdcall you wish could go on forever. But there's one more dance to be had: "You Know Where," which rises from a wooden, skippy rhythm into a string-laden celebration of techno at its most melodic -- its deep, sung/grunted bass line serving as the warm, pulsing heart for this massive, man/machine mover. It's a glorious finish to an album that never takes its eyes off the horizon, sending it up, over and beyond. Seventynine is ultimately all about the journey, as it travels between Lausanne, Detroit and outlying points on electronic music's map. Mirko's travelogue bridges the gap between a classic Motor City influence and Cadenza's own nomadic aesthetic, firing up dancefloors and fueling the imagination.