Dinky

“Anemik”

WAG056LP scanZoom inLabelWagon Repair
Cat. No.WAG056LP
FormatEXCL2LPA
Orders fromMon, 12 Oct 2009
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Review

Following up on her unanimously acclaimed debut album ‘ May Be Later’ (Vakant), Chilean artist and Berlin transplant Alejandra Iglesias conceived ‘Anemik’ entirely for the Wagon Repair label after being approached by label head Mathew Jonson. A musing on femininity and the fine line between romance and delirium, ‘Anemik’ transcends borders in its range of influence and reflects consciousness in the fluidity and tangibly live origins of its creation. Recorded using analog equipment and acoustic instruments with a strong emphasis on voice, there is a wisdom and maturity to this work that suggests an artist in the prime of her life. ‘’Romaniks’ creates space between electronic and acoustic spheres with Latin soaked beats encircling a subdued kick. Childish’ builds from meditative beginnings with looped synth, wandering pads and wildfire percussive cycles that concoct a deep and dreamy landscape. Title track ‘Anemik’ is a restless electronic frenzy, with melodic and percussive elements feuding amidst staccato vocals, effervescent machine transmissions and a penetrating central kick. ‘Westoid’ is where Dinky’s vocal lament is complimented by the baritone accents of Los Updates enigmatic Jorge Gonzales. ‘Ceramik’ weaves a tight beat, with warm Rhodes accompaniment, live percussion and ramped vocal passages concocting a mesmeric floor worker for the early hours. A perfect example of the fluid, jam infused tone of the album as a whole. ‘Glacial’ opens with an aquatic brew of reverberant vocals and deep percussion that swims through murky pads and delayed keys. The infectious arpeggiated melodies of ‘Epilepsia’ are invigorated by live Latin percussion and intermittently cooled by warm pad progressions in a contemplative ascent to close. ‘Skyped’ intertwines grandiose processed chorals, deep metallic percussion and leveling pads in a hypnotic malaise of storm and sweat. At times dreamy, at times nightmarish, at times romantic, at times befuddled, ‘Anemik’ is always quintesse

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Bigshot Magazine: “Returning after the momentum of her 2008 album “May Be Later” on Vakant, Ms. Dinky is back with her first release of 2009. Laced with intoxicating arpeggios, this stripped down key stab funk machine is precision tuned for the late night crowd. With a quick symphonic interlude of epic proportions, this darkly colored 4-track EP leaves you with a disorienting vibe.”

Boß Anna (electronic beats): “Dinky mag euch bereits ein Begriff sein, denn auf der Slices 2-09 gab es ein Feature über die interessante Chilenin. Im Oktober erscheint ihr neues Album “Anemik” auf Mathew Jonsons Label Wagon Repair. Die mittlerweile in Berlin lebende Künstlerin tourt zwar als DJ ständig durch die Welt, hat aber nach ihrer letzten Release “May Be Later” (Vakant) nur ein Jahr gebraucht, um erneut ein Album zu veröffentlichen. In “Anemik” kombiniert sie analoges Equipment mit Akustik-Instrumenten. Insgesamt erscheint das Album Vocal-lastig und sehr gereift. Dinky verbindet erfolgreich Detroit-Techno-Elemente mit der Berliner Schule und ihren südamerikanischen Wurzeln. Diese ungewöhnliche Mischung verleiht ihr eine Einzigartigkeit, die in elektronischen Zirkeln nicht unbedingt evident ist. Romantisch, verträumt, alptraumhaft und von Zeit zu Zeit berauschend sind Zustände, die ihren Sound in etwa beschreiben können. Schön, dass es eine weitere Frau geschafft hat, sich dauerhaft in der so Männer-dominierten Techno-Welt zu etablieren.”

Brett Johnson: “ool release, very raw in some ways.... "Carefullmind" and "415" are the standout tracks for me. All in all a pretty decent release.”

dirtybird: “quite amazing release. all tracks are beautiful and very, very inspirational”

exclaim: “Chilean born, Berlin-based producer Dinky (aka Alejandra Iglesias) comes out with her impressive fourth release, Anemik, on Mathew Jonson's Canadian label, Wagon Repair. In the mid-'90s, Iglesias became infatuated with techno after an influential trip to Berlin and moved to NYC to study dance. Her musical upbringing and international experiences contribute to her texturally diverse tech house. On Anemik, she opens with "Childish," a rhythmic, melodic dreamscape that draws you deep within its grooves. "Westoid" is a funky, harmonious vocal house track that features Chilean pop star and friend Jorge Gonzales. "Ceramik" glides effortlessly from start to finish, with Latin-infused percussion beats, fluid vocal climbs and gratifying dance floor rhythms. The album comes to a close with "Fadik," a quirky acoustic rendition of Mazzy Star's hit "Fade Into You," and "Nocturnal," a 33-second ambient bleed. Dinky's superb craftsmanship and skill permeate every track. Anemik is a flawless album that delicately balances deep, complex rhythmic structures with experimental, melodic downtempo sensibilities. Highly recommended. (Wagon Repair)”

Laurent Garnier: “very good atmosphere will present on the radio as we as will play in clubs NIIIIICE”

Raveline: “Gerademal ein Jahr ist die Veröffentlichung von Dinkys drittemAlbum „May be later“ her, schon liefert uns die gebürtigeChilenin Alejandra Iglesias ihre vierte LP. Erschienen ist dasgute Stück auf Mathew Jonsons Label „Wagon Repair“.Dinkys Sound lässt sich auch bei „Anemik“ nicht in eineSchublade stecken. Musikalisch verwendet sie, was ihr imLaufe ihres Lebens über den Weg gelaufen ist: Folklore ausSüdamerika, elektronische Beats aus Berlin und Housigesaus Detroit. Sie verbindet technisches Equipment mit akustischenInstrumenten wie ploppenden Bongos. Mittendrinzwitschert immer wieder Dinkys filigrane Stimme. Und diewird auf „Anemik“ sogar noch von Jorge Gonzales unterstützt.Vocals über Vocals? Nein, denn Dinky streut sie feinins Ganze. Während „Fadik“ ganz auf Alejandras sanfteStimme baut, kommt der Track „Epepsia“ völlig ohne Text aus:Meeresrauschen, Vogelgezwitscher und ein minimalistischerElektro-Beat, zwischendrin wildes Getrommel – zum Träumenund Mitschwingen. Dinkys Sound ist einfach anders, berauschendanders. Neben ihren weltweiten Club-Gigs vielleichtmit ein Grund, warum sie sich zwischen all den männlichenDJs und Producern etablieren konnte.”

Tadeo: “Good...Favourite track, 415. Good convination of Techno, House and Breaks. Very very interesting.”

URB: “Bursting with slick rhythms and sensual electronics, Anemik, Dinky’s audaciously-titled third full-length, is anything but. In fact, in the realm of chill-out electronica, the Chilean-born DJ’s latest set is refreshingly spirited, at times even exciting. Anemik certainly accomplishes the feat of creating a chilled-out atmosphere with its hypnotic beats while offering up musical twists that will keep listeners from dozing off too much. On “Romantiks,” Dinky weaves together off-kilter salsa-inspired drum fills with gentle keyboard accents and ghostly vocal samples. The penultimate track “Fadik,” a glitchy cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” driven by machinery-like percussion and Dinky’s hushed vocals, is sure to soundtrack a whole new generation of kids making out. With an effort as strong as Anemik, Dinky has proven that her own material can be just as compelling as any DJ set.”

XLR8R: “Ignore the title—the blood isn’t weak here. Suave microhouse rhythms, fluid synth riffs, and rackety percussive hits flow through the heart of this album by Chilean-Berliner Dinky (a.k.a. Alejandra Iglesias). She has a great habit of losing her vocals in the machine—exhibit A is “Skyped,” where her vowels splinter and dissipate into a mess of polyrhythms. Other trips down the rabbit hole include the psychedelic bebop jaunt “Westoid Feat Updates,” and the Neubauten-like industrial grind of “Fadik.” Despite a few uninspired synth instrumentals, Iglesias’ courage in tossing in abrupt twists and clangs into her rhythms is quite welcome in a time when stale and, well, anemic minimal records keep piling up in shops and MP3 players.”

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