Passive/Aggressive

Dedekind Cut ‘$uccessor’ – Liberating ambient music from predictability and whiteness

Kritik January 21 2017 ded004

Dedekind Cut “$uccessor” (NON Worldwide/Hospital Productions, 2016) – Review by Ivna Franić

Having broken off with the Lee Bannon and ¬ b monikers – possibly for good – Dedekind Cut’s Fred Warmsley kicked off 2016 with an interesting although not entirely satifying collaboration with Rabit, followed by the merely solid single “Last”. It wasn’t until this past spring’s “American Zen” EP that the direction in which Warmsley was heading began to take shape. A gorgeous ambient release that could almost pass for a full-length album, “American Zen” signalled not only the sounds that Dedekind Cut would go on further exploring, but also a fresh approach to the topics he had already shown interest in, mostly through mixes and one-off tracks.

As if to make sure he provided us with the right context for his debut LP, in the days before its release Warmsley posted a marathon “Ambient Essentials” playlist which, among other things, confirmed Enya’s newly legitimate influence and served as a welcome reminder of the more and less contemporary ambient touchstones. Læs resten

Rabit & Dedekind Cut – Practicing different styles, all at once

Blog Kritik March 12 2016 R_DC

Rabit & Dedekind Cut ”R&D” – Review by Ivna Franic

The collaboration between Eric Burton aka Rabit and Fred Warmsley fka Lee Bannon under his new, mathematical moniker, Dedekind Cut, might have seemed odd at first and perhaps even destined to result in an unhappy marriage of airy beats and aggressive gun machine sounds. However, to those familiar with Warmsley’s output as Dedekind Cut, the whole thing should come as a natural continuation of his recent musical forays, also providing a welcome outlet for both artists to explore some often overlooked aspects of their work.

The opening track, ”i” starts the EP off in a calm if slightly anxious manner, sounding almost gentle in comparison to, say, ”Advent”, the ominous opener of Rabit’s 2015 album, ”Communion”. Well, at least that’s what it seems like for the first minute and a half until the twisted vocal samples come in along with bleak breakcore rhythms, turning the track into an altogether different beast. Læs resten

Lee Bannon – Nyfortolkninger af beskidt elektronisk vraggods

Blog February 3 2014 LeeBannon

Af Rasmus Junge

Der skorter ikke på hypen omkring den nye generation af hiphop-navne, der med gamle dyder som mixtapes (nu i web-distribution), genre-åbenhed samt respektløshed over for genrens stagnerende dinosaurer (Jay-Z, vi kigger i den grad i din retning) er i fuld sving med at revitalisere genren. Et at de mest omtalte navne er Brooklyn-rapperen Joey Bada$$, der paradoksalt nok virker ret fikseret på 90’ernes gyldne hiphop-periode, ikke mindst navne som Nas og Gang Starr.

En af folkene bag Bada$$’ historiebevidste produktioner er Sacramento-beatstøberen Lee Bannon. Sideløbende med sin hiphop-gesjæft kører Bannon et mindst lige så interessant sololøb, hvor han omstøber vraggods fra 90’ernes innovationer i britisk elektronisk musik. Og han gør det godt!

På ‘Alternate/Endings’, der udkom i januar på Ninja Tune, jonglerer Bannon med jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, IDM og progressive, metallisk (og eksistentielt) rungende storbylydlandskaber a la El-P. Albummet er dog lidt af en sniger, ikke særligt anmassende, sine steder nærmest afdæmpet melankolsk, men efter et par gennemlytninger sidder man i saksen.
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