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AU56: Space Dimension Controller album review

May 1, 2009

SDC

SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER
UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OSCILLATOR
ACROPLANE

‘Electro’ is a word you tend to associate with synthy indie bands and hip Frenchmen these days, but there are still a select few carrying a torch for the sound of the early Eighties; those brittle beats, crisp hi-hats and primitive, acidic synth sounds that resulted when Kraftwerk said hello to funk. Jack Hamill, aka SDC (and RL/VL in another, entirely different guise), isn’t even old enough to remember the early Nineties, never mind his chosen genre’s heyday, but his take on it is almost worryingly convincing. This album, a free download from http://www.acroplane.org, starts off with a vocodered promise to “[take] you back in time”, but while there is a tongue-in-cheek element to much of this, it’s no joke project.

The pounding ‘Galactic Effector’, the aforementioned opener ‘Space Dimension Controller’ and ‘SH-8040’, with its churning bass and chopped-up vocals, are the highlights, but Hamill isn’t afraid to add his own twist to the electro sound. The beautiful ‘Title Sequence’ owes something to the wistful electronica of Boards of Canada, while the superb ‘VCOcation’ is a touch reminiscent of fellow Northern Irishman Boxcutter (who dubs it up on one of three remixes bundled with the release). Essentially, though, this is a straight-up electro record, and an enormously fun one at that. And it’s free, so no excuse not to give it a bash. Chris Jones

8/10

DOWNLOAD: ALL OF IT – IT’S FREE.
FOR FANS OF: AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, MODEL 500, BOXCUTTER.

Download the album for nothing from Acroplane by clicking here.

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