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DEO & Z-MAN
With their debut album on Hamburg's tastemaking Hafendisko,
Deo & Z-Man
proceed with their research in contemporary electronic music beyond stylistic boundaries and present a wide-ranging lucky bag of songs. The Italo-rooted brothers melt influences from modern house music, hip-hop, electronic, and even jazzy elements into a fresh and life-affirming total work of art. With a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor and a seemingly endless supply of fresh ideas, Deo & Z-Man might have pulled off one of the most creative albums of the year. Effortlessly gliding between wigged-out house for the dancefloor, synth-y space weirdness, hip-hop-infused beats and twisted, smoked-out electro-pop,
is a rare thing, a collection of esoteric and eclectic influences that hang together perfectly as a proper album. The boys have long since created their own special vibe through their well-received singles, live performances and DJ sets -- mixing musical knowledge, party-rocking skills and a sense of fun that is all too often lacking these days. Even rarer is to capture that magic in the studio over the course of an album. Yet
, as the name cheekily suggests, nails it. Listening to the album, it's easy to see how Deo & Z-Man cut their teeth with hip-hop tracks like "Tamastar Santini" (feat.
), "Two Blue Bros" and "YRUAG" reveal a background of beats and rhymes that infuses the whole vibe of the album. Equally at home in the club, recent single "XTC," "Chopped Memories," and "Tales of Love" are lessons in leftfield club dynamics -- deep, musical grooves that hint at the brothers' legendary nights as residents at the famed Golden Pudel Club. Yet
doesn't stop there -- "Iced Out Space Lazerlights" and "Universal Neighbours" are both journeys into the synth stratosphere, while "Music to Driveby," "Slippin into Somethin," and "Smokeroad" are unclassifiable -- weird and inventive in the way that all great pop music is.
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