Identification: Identify
 
 

The Wire (UK, 2003)
Montreal Mirror (Canada, 2002)
The Hour (Canada, 2002)
De:bug magazine (Germany, 2002)
Real Tokyo on-line magazine (Japan, 2003)
Real Time magazine (Australia, 2002)
L'entrepot on-line magazine (Belgium, 2002)

 

The Wire (UK, 2003)

Montreal Mirror (Canada, 2002)

The Hour (Canada, 2002)

De:bug magazine (Germany, 2002)


Real Tokyo on-line magazine (Japan, 2003)

With bases in Manchester, Paris and Montreal, and a catalogue that contains music, video and Internet works, C0C0S0L1DC1T1 is different from your average electronica/IDM label. Although Battery Operated is probably the artists that represents the concept best with releases featuring slightly difficult digital sound art and somewhat architecture-focused motion graphics, for beginners and fans of labels such as Deluxe (Electric Birds, etc.) this album by Identification (aka Luv) is particularly recommended. As on the cover photo, architecture is an element that surfaces again in form of glass and concrete one might associate with the subdued instrumental tracks on "Identify." In this genre Identification rubs shoulders with the likes of Arovane, whereas especially the album's second half introduces with a surprising variety of melodies, sound ideas and arrangements a nice change to this usually rather repetitive world. (Andreas )


Real Time magazine (Australia, 2002)

Although Identification (ID) draws upon the mixed forms and sounds of what, for want of a better term, might be called the creative breaks movement of contemporary hip hop and drum and bass, the sonic texture of Identify lies predominantly within the realm of glitchie, rhythmically smooth funk. The palette of electro-glitch composition has become a difficult one to engage with after the massive explosion of superb glitch-minimalism on the mille plateau label, but ID’s compositions have a thicker, more layered aesthetic than that reinvented on Clicks_+_Cuts 1 and 2 and elsewhere. ID is a self-confessed “vinyl junkie” who has produced more overtly sampledelic work with the Ninja Tune label under the moniker DJ Luv. A major component of ID’s sounds are therefore derived from samples, so Matmos or Little Nobody provide perhaps the most obvious comparisons. ID’s tracks however tend to avoid the slightly jagged ripping and self-interruption which Matmos and Little Nobody play with. Identify is generally a smooth ride, a rich, layered electro-beat journey, in which the ‘glitch’ elements come predominantly from the sounds themselves, from their somewhat odd, slightly dirty, hissy textures, yet which are sewn together and arranged musically into an even trajectory.

Like much of the work in these genres, there is a cool, barely stated irony running throughout the CD, a kind of Andy-Warholesque-wit which has been described as someone inviting you to enjoy the sublime stupidity of gauche, contemporary popular culture. It’s an electro-bubblegum sheen, a kind of cool, nouveau-lounge, 7/11 feel. Snippets of schlock TV and film dialogue pop up in the mix, but generally a sense of ultra-chilled camp keeps such references subliminally submerged, only surfacing at intermittent intervals. While Identify could do with a bit more anger or rhythmic fracturing for my tastes, this is a delightful CD which combines a sense of sonic and referential complexity with a disarmingly playful simplicitya fun addition to the otherwise often dense releases on the COCOSOL1DC1T1 label.


L'entrepot on-line magazine (Belgium, 2002)

Identification uit Montreal is waarschijnlijk al iets bekender onder zijn pseudoniem DJ Luv, waarmee hij deeluitmakend van de Ninja Tune-posse reeds plaatjes heeft mogen draaien in het voorprogramma van The Herbaliser, Coldcut, Mouse on Mars en Autechre. Met Identification zit hij niet achter het draaitafel maar plakt hij als producer verschillende bewerkte samples aaneen. Vaak resulteert dit in zeer knappe abstracte instrumentale hiphop die me vaag doet denken aan een instrumentale Tek9, Nightmares on Wax of vooral aan Req. Maar er zijn ook invloeden van dub of vreemd verknipte drum'n bass in terug te vinden waardoor ook Si Begg als referentie kan aangehaald worden.

Op 'Identify' vinden we een zeer sterk en eigen geluid terug van dat zichzelf ergens positioneert tussen abstracte hiphop en laptopelektronica. Door subtiele verschuivingen van hiphop naar dub en drum'n bass aan te brengen - vooral in de zeer diepe basdelen - blijft het geheel zeer boeiend. 'Identify' is dan ook een zeer boeiende plaat waardoor Identification samen met bijvoorbeeld een Req hiphop naar een heel nieuw niveau kan brengen.

Rating: 4/5

Kris

 
 
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