Music Reviews

Artist: Denite
Title: Everything I Know And Will Ever Know About You
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Denite's album on his own Redlight Music label is electropop masquerading as deep moody, occasionally-vocal techno. It may seem to fit the mould of the achingly cool Berlin temperament, but there are times that you feel like it's only a few extra BPM and a bit of house piano away from being shameless electropop. Not that there's anything wrong with that, whatsoever, but there are times when the album feels like a sheep in wolf's clothing.

It's hard to pin down but there's also something about tracks like "Berlin" that feel just a little like they're going through the motions, really than bringing out truly emotive electronics. The synths are too warm and the vocals are too unchallenging.

"Namura" is a strong track, with its crisp gentle breakbeat and faintly acoustic-sounding elements, but it's followed by "Going, Going, Gone" which initially seems very focussed on a one-chord progressive journey, yet somehow manages to lose its way by the time we get to what sounds like an improvised stylophone solo in the middle. "The Art Of Letting Go"'s saw-wave-heavy pads and slightly fuzzy bassline sound like an attempt to arrange 2016 techno using 1990's technology. "Every End Is A New Beginning", apart from the vocal sample towards the end, takes that even further and sounds like an extract from an unreleased soundtrack from Knight Rider where David Hasselhoff is creeping round a warehouse talking to his watch.

At three and a half minutes, "Lost Connection" is almost an interlude rather than a track, yet with its open-air soul vocal sample and piano chords, there's more than a whiff of Moby's "Play" album about it. Cutting-edge it might not be, but it's an example of how a bit of diversity and experimentation can really lift proceedings.

All the elements are all in the right places, and some tracks like "When You Lose Yourself" are borderline beautiful, but too many tracks on this release are not quite one thing or another- not quite filmic, not quite minimal, not quite pop, not quite house.

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