Digitaline

“Honolulu, Luciano Remix”

CADENZA19 scanZoom inLabelCadenza
Cat. No.CADENZA19
FormatEXCL12"G
Orders fromWed, 08 Aug 2007
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Review

Mere months after releasing their Anticlockwise album, Digitaline are back with a big, cresting wave of a tune, Honolulu, backed by an equally massive remix by Luciano himself. Digitaline—the Lausanne/Berlin-based duo of Laps and Gregorythme—pull out all the stops on Honolulu - Digitaline’s Kamehameha I Version. In surfing, you’d call this one a triple-overhead, fit only for long boards. Make that really long boards, as the track is a 17-minute long thrill ride of choppy white water and tubing smooth as glass. Skewed tribal drumming and scattershot percussion kick things off with a generous intro that grows and grows, building tension with eerie keyboard smears and snatches of murmured vocals. The groove is so corkscrewed it’s almost, well, screwy, silencing the kickdrumand coasting on the offbeats before diving back into the fray with a splash of handclaps. An insistent bass bounce is the skeg keeping things on course until, roughly halfway in, the low end opens up and whoosh: smooth cruising through deep blue waters flecked silver and gold, as elements tumble into the depths and surface again, spluttering, borne steadily forward on a pulse as regular as the tide. Challenging? You bet, but that’s the beauty of it: the sticker may say “Don’t try this at home,” but you simply can’t resist riding this one. On Luciano’s Liliuokalani Remix, he wrings things out and brings it all back to dry land, focusing his attentions on sticks ‘n’ stones percussion and nosing his way into a labyrinth of handclaps and delay. Where so much of Digitaline’s Kamehameha I track is about subtraction, sucking out the beats where you expect them to be, Luciano’s Liliuokalani remix is its additive inverse, every so subtly laying down layer after layer of chattering percussion and misty delay, until every molecule in the sound field seems to sparkle with energy. Everywhere you listen, in the space behind every note, something is happening; every sound seems fringed with tiny tendrils. But thi

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raresh /Arpiar: “i like both versions very much .. the original is super constructive in set .. and the luciano remix is the bomb for later hours a usefull record indeed thank you !!! ”

Giles Smith: “More great stuff from Cadenza...both mixes are great but the original still takes it for me with its magical, mysterious flow. ”

Guy Hornsby (Ibiza Voice): “Another quality release from Cadenza. The original is really nice tracky groovy techy stuff, and the Luciano remix is as expeced, more glitchy and clicky, but holds onto the groove. Excellent. ”

Ibizavoice.COM: “While it may be centred spiritually between Berlin and Ibiza, the world of minimal techno operates within flimsy sonic and geographical borders, often hanging onto conformity with barely a fingertip. At its centre is Luciano, one of the cohort of relocated South Americans that straddle the scene; he may spend his summers in the musical microclimate of DC10, and his winters in the globe's airports as he spreads his gospel, but his roots lie in, of all places, the placid neutrality of Switzerland, and this is where he returned from Chile in 2001, and where his own imprint, Cadenza, calls home. As if to emphasise the links, Swiss duo Digitaline are a regular stopping point on the label's four year journey to the present day. Laps and Gregorythme, (the slightly less excitingly-monikered Laurent Bovey and Gregory Poncet) may have started out behind drum kit and six-string in the divergent worlds of grindcore and rock, but their meeting bore a shared love for the sparse techno soundscapes that would make them a fixture in their homeland's burgeoning clubland. First as live performers, and ultimately as producers, they've honed their own delicate and dissonant niche, and their latest, Honolulu, is their third release on Cadenza. With a slow, methodical groove that slowly creeps up on the unsuspecting listener, it's a mildly disorientating record, the subtle chug of the bassline and the muffled glockenspiel at odds with the discordant, almost metallic tweaks that populate its length. But it's neither wildly outlandish, nor meagre, a track suited to the head-nodding and foot-tapping of the sunlit terrace at 4pm. Luciano's own take is a notch towards his 9pm slot, with added percussive layering, pops, and crackles giving the proceedings some zest and zip, that unconscious understanding of what will lift the crowd as the darkness falls on his beloved terrace. As its catalogue has evidenced in the past, Cadenza's output is always an interesting prospect, and this is no different. You do wonder, however, just where the Hawaiian capital city fits into all of this…. Grass skirts are not, you'd guess, big sellers in the Alps. ”

Jimpster (freerange): “The Luciano mix is the pick for me here. Beautifully crafted subtle and hypnotic track which grooves for days. Lovely stuff.”

Karotte (Cocoon): “wie immer klasse platte von digitaline mit einem super luciano rmx.”

Laurent Garnier (F-Com): “nice deep organic ep will play”

Markus Kafka (MTV): “der luciano remix ist bombe.”

MMike Monday (Om/Playtime): “The original is a good atmospheric groove, and Luciano's mix wibbles it up nicely with some cool "clap attack" action. Keeps the floor moving nicely.”

Mr C (The End UK): “A - Typical Cadenza after hour stuff. Because of the very nice feeling & groove to this it'll also work well in intimate clubs peak time. on rotation. 9/10 B - Yep... that's Luciano. Very nice obscure beats & great for the afters. 8/10”

Tobi Neumann (Cocoon): “i love the sexyness of lucianos remix.. just way to long like always. so mix it!”

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