Area, Absence

[Wave Music]

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Few things grab my attention like a Benjamin Brunn credit on the sleeve, and it’s particularly nice when they fit as neatly as the one here. Area is an alternate guise for Canadian-born, Chicago-reared DJ/producer m50. I’m not sure what the exact distinction is, but this particular EP — for François K’s Wave Music — traffics in forms of abstracted melodic house not distant from Brunn’s esteemed body of work. Assured opener “LLPOD” has a tense dance floor utility and an almost jazzy swing, but what makes it memorable are the sputters, drips and steam jets animating the background, reminding of the atmospheric eddies of Brunn’s “Raymond.” Its abstracted dub grooves also put me in mind of, for example, Anders Ilar’s “Organza.” Little details similarly animate “Respons,” a simple techno builder that works small wonders with a robotic tintinnabulation bubbling brightly at the track’s surface.

My pick for EP highlight, “Missing A Few” is a lush soundscape whose design draws liberally from ambient electronics and IDM. Marimba-like synth tones, whispy atmospherics, and ghost-in-the-machine whirs and ticks give the track a fog-like drift. But “Missing” isn’t abstract so much as evocative, thanks to a distorted, elastic kick-drum that doggedly structures the diaphanous textures. Warm, shoegaze-dreamy but floor-ready pop, it takes me back to the finds I gladly plucked from Kompakt’s shelves back when I lived in Cologne. And, closing the record, there’s that aforementioned Brunn contribution — only his second remix of which I’m aware. Continuing along the path he’s pursued on recent Bine singles like “77,” Brunn works Farben-style melodic glitch and a fusion disco plunk (a la Isolée’s “Albacares”) into his “LLPOD” overhaul – a welcome compliment to the warm organics of Area’s trio.

tom/pipecock  on January 13, 2010 at 10:09 AM

canadian?! i think not! my man m50 is straight outta chicago, and he is a bad motherfucker. he does a lot of different kinds of tunes, and he had a dope radio show on WNUR where he played all kinds of good music (and i had a fairly terrible guest appearance while sick as hell drinking a half gallon of orange juice straight out the container after chugging some day-quil! noleian reusse killed it that night on the show though!) but that has ended while he has been spending some time in Berlin. my man! keep killing it.

littlewhiteearbuds  on January 13, 2010 at 11:17 AM

You might want to ask him yourself, Tom, as all the Wave Music press material affirms he was born in Canada.

Blaktony  on January 14, 2010 at 8:46 PM

This is innovative and imaginative as they come. i love this tune,atmospherics and forward-thinking as hell.”Killin’ it” ,indeed.

HISSNLISSN  on January 15, 2010 at 4:25 AM

I’ll always think of “ghost hack by area” when it comes to this dude. One of the more daring DJs around, and his productions follow the same m.o.

o.g.  on March 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Great CANADIAN born DJ, gets better every time I hear him.

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