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  • Release Date 2009-04-16
  • Label Cadenza
  • Catalog CADENZA 30
Returning to Cadenza following last year’s self titled EP, Digitaline
focus their eclectic influences toward two seamlessly executed minimal techno tracks.
In fact, the term ‘executed’ is apt
considering member Laurent Bovey’s
history as a drummer for a Swiss grindcore
outfit. Focusing his attention onto techno,
Laurent teamed up with Gregory Poncet
of Lausanne based post-rock bands
Parazit and Machnick with the sole
intention of making us dance. Hard.
It was worth the shift. Combining both the
masterful dissonance and subtle
developmental structures of their previous
disciplines, these two compositions
effortlessly transcend the mould.
Title track “Tapadaka” layers scraped flint
percussion over penetrant kick and deep
tom rhythms. Igniting with intermittant
stabbed synth and pulsed bass
harmonies, swooping tonal attacks loom
high in the mix, dizzying both composition and listener alike.
Elemental and direct, there is a deft
intelligence to the ascent from ‘kick and
click’ to feral fireside festivity. Shifting
between being lost in the moment and
lost alone in the wilderness, there is an air
of unpredictability to the prodding keys
and pouncing pads that hints at
something sinister afoot.
On the flip, an understated EBM
influence underlies the central
percussive pattern in “Strippy Trippy”.
Drippy metallic tones chime above
stuttering snare and punched kick as
vocal samples whisper between the
beats. Aquatic synth melodies swim in
and out of the mix, arpeggiating and
decaying like ghostly apparitions as the
track plunges deeper into the abyss.
“Tapadaka” is an inventive and
seasoned release from this young Swiss
duo.
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