DescriptionRobert Solheim's album Heretics just got bigger. Heretics plus comes with bonus tracks including 2 unreleased remixes - and remixes from the likes of John Tejada and Dj Puk nonetheless - and a 6 page booklet by visual artist Eidetaker!
Review, feedbacks and quotes:
REVIEW IN DJ MAG:
"Robert Solheim is a producer who has been at the heart of some projects and collaborations in recent years, talking about the dark electronic pop in The Opiates with singer Billie Ray Martin, or Aquavit with Michael Snyder, or Popkissed with singer Lill-Ann Blauenfeldt, he has always maintained his passion for a wide range of arrangements, styles and genres. In his first solo LP, Solheim unleashes his eclecticism and his taste in production, but without losing the link between the tracks so called for. So we can move from the environments of deep-techno in 'O Portino', to tech-house in 'Slow Bender' or through the deep dubby sounds in 'Window Widow' and know that behind them is the same person. Definitely a round album, which certifies the superb state and form of Robert Solheim. Big."
REVIEW IN BLACKPLASTIC / ELECTRONIC TRENDS:
"Hailing from Norway Solheim has been releasing music since 1997 but whilst he has released EPs under his own name, albums as CURRENT and taken part in a number of collaborations Heretics marks the first full length release as himself.
And it's an interesting album. Robert Solheim's music pops like warm synapses in the brain, the fused connections of man and machine. Unlike some of his earlier work Heretics is a full on dance release, comprising of twelve minimal house and techno tracks spread over the course of almost eighty-minutes.
In the wrong hands eighty-minutes of minimal could descend into a dull dirge. Thankfully Solheim manages to keep things interesting, moving through broad, warm sweeping chords on the extended 'Taking The Challenge Again' to big chiming melodies and baggy drums on 'Cracked Reaktor'. Much as John Talabot managed to translate electronic music in a way that spanned genres earlier this year Solheim breaks minimal out from the underground to make an album with enough spark and detail to deserve a broader audience. There are plenty of moments here for the dance floor but Solheim's earlier, more ambient work comes through in the texture and detail that affords Heretics a place on your home stereo too.
At its best this album sounds like elastic melodies and cracked urban bass baking in the midday sun. Things hit a real stride towards the end. 'Syv' is a sophisticated slab of electronic soul, bumping bass and acid squelches supporting a refreshing, warm synth hook whilst 'Slow Bender' takes early rave keys and runs with them, layering vocal snippets and more lovely warm bass. 'Hurricane Love' is a boisterous bass-heavy take on electro, complete with massive drums and a healthy dose of paranoia. Things close with 'En', a slowed down re-take on opening track 'Null' that completes the cycle.
Heretics is that rare thing - an album for dancing that has brains and soul."
Greg Chin (Stryke/Plastic City / Ovum) - awesome album. was not aware of this producer before. will definitely be on the lookout for more of his stuff. excellent album! Tracks like "Slow Bender" and "Window Window" will be getting some play from me!
David Durango (Poker Flat, Suara, Galaktika) - splendid LP all tracks are perfect for me !!! GREAT
Aaron Hedges (Disctrict Of Corruption) - Very emotive and personal. Even upon first listen it's obvious that this record was a labor of love.
Orde Meikle (Slam/Soma) - mighty album - much deepness - will spin a few of these - thanx
Vinyl Club (Leith FM) (Presenter): If this album was a supermodel, Claudia Shiffer would feel like an ugly duckling
Namito (Kling Klong / Great Stuff) - Great album! Really enjoy the atmosphere in it! Lots of success!
Giovanni & Alessandro (Genetikal Twins) - a magnificent deep trip...
Danny Howells (Dig Deeper) - Sounds like a killer .. can't wait to listen in full. Many thanks!!
Steve Mac - nice collection , will give a proper listen on my travels this eve
Sasha - Ciguenas is cool! thanks
Alland Byallo (Liebe Detail, Floppy Funk, Dirtybird, [KONTRO) - Really nice collection of tracks. I like it.
Mahan Rabiapour (Ostfunk / Yellow Tail) - really nice album! will surely use some of the album tracks in my next radio sets and will enjoy listening to it!