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AU56: Nathan Fake album review

May 1, 2009

nathan fake album

NATHAN FAKE
HARD ISLANDS
BORDER COMMUNITY

Young electronic producer Nathan Fake has taken a major left turn since his 2006 debut Drowning In A Sea Of Love. While its cute artwork and fuzzy, melodic sound evoked Fake’s upbringing in rural Norfolk, the years he’s spent in the gritty London borough of Hackney have clearly had an effect. As a result, Hard Islands sounds tough, uncompromising and ready for the dancefloor. There’s a claustrophobic, urban feel to Fake’s often pummelling acid techno that is quite at odds with his image and output so far, but once you get your head around that, it’s a little (at 33 minutes) belter of a record. Clark’s Turning Dragon from last year is an apt comparison, but while that record was so intense as to be overwhelming, Fake gets the balance between power and listenability just about right.

7/10

DOWNLOAD: ‘NARRIER’, ‘FENTIGER’.
FOR FANS OF: CLARK, JAMES HOLDEN, ELLEN ALLIEN.

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