Emika - Emika (CD)

Emika

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    Categories
    DanceMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Electronic
    3. Electronica
    Number of Discs
    1
    Number of Items
    1
    Media Type
    CDDIGI
    Title
    Emika
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    5021392595221
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Ninja Tune
    Distributor
    Redeye Music Distribution
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    5021392595221
    Previews

    Q (Magazine) (p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hile the reference points are obvious, the sound she assembles is totally fresh."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "12 fascinating electro-symphonic constructions informed by dubstep and Delia Darbyshire's BBC Radiophonic Workshop experiments."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Emika is a singular and significant new voice at the interface between pop and dubstep."

    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] 3 Hours
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Common Exchange
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Professional Loving
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Be My Guest
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Count Backwards
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Double Edge
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Pretend
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Long Goodbye, The
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] FM Attention
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Drop the Other
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Come Catch Me
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Credit Theme
    Genre
    Dance
    Release Date
    10 November 2011
    Country
    South Africa
    Notes

    Photographer: Liz Eve.
    With everyone from Rihanna to Britney Spears now incorporating wobble basslines and syncopated beats into their polished pop sound, the dubstep scene has well and truly gone mainstream. Attempting to take it right back into the underground comes the self-titled debut album from Emika, a Czech born, U.K.-raised, and now Berlin-based former sound engineer, whose tension-filled soundscapes are unlikely to be jostling with recent chart-toppers Nero and DJ Fresh for the number one spot. Aptly self-described as a "beautiful nightmare," its fusion of ethereal melodies and hushed harmonies with avant-garde electronica and twitchy rhythms is indeed as enchanting as it is unsettling. None more so than on the sinister "FM Attention," whose elasticated synths, eerie industrial noises, and echo-laden banshee vocals seem destined to be played over the finale of a particularly trippy horror movie. This sense of disorientation is a recurring theme throughout the album's 12 tracks, ensuring that you're never quite sure where Emika is going to go next. "3 Hours" beings with some hypnotic, train-track percussion before merging with an array of twisted techno bleeps, sub-woofer basslines, and a surprising Lady Gaga-turns-aloof robotic chorus; the jerky, claustrophobic dub of "Double Edge," and glacial cinematic trip-hop of "Professional Loving" hark back to Emika's classically trained beginnings with their opening piano intros/outros (something also alluded to on the closing Beethoven-inspired instrumental "Credit Theme"), while the skittering muted beats, indecipherable wailings, and ambient effects of the melancholic "The Long Goodbye" explain why Thom Yorke is such a big fan. There are a few relatively less challenging moments, such as the seductive R&B-tinged dub-pop of "Drop the Other" and the pulsing beats and chiming synths of "Come Catch Me," but without question, this is a record designed to be listened to in isolation, preferably through a massive pair of high-quality headphones rather than in the mass communal surroundings of a club. The female James Blake labels are inevitable but rather misleading, as Emika doesn't really sound like anyone else out there, an admirable feat which should appeal to those dismayed by dubstep's recent commercial takeover. ~ Jon O'Brien

    Date Released
    2011-09-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Emika
    Artists
    1. Emika
    Duration
    47m 36s

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