Donato Dozzy, K

[Further Records]

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The thing about calling your album K is that it’s just so perplexing and vague. My first thought as a Physics student was that K stood for some physical constant (take your pick) or for a Kaon, but those are hardly the only options. K is also the symbol for potassium, the surname of the protagonist from Franz Kafka’s The Trial, and slang for ketamine, but which was right? After listening to K for the first time I found myself no closer to the answer, but that’s probably for the best. After all, Donato Dozzy’s music is not about deciphering clues. What his releases lack in information they more than make up for in emotion and atmosphere.

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Indeed, it’s the atmosphere that I find most exciting in Dozzy’s productions. His work conjures images of misty mountains and lush, green fields; it almost seems like it would be missing the point to hear these tunes in a club. K opens with almost glacial percussion and drifting, melodious ambiance while the next track is dark and tripping techno, but they both cling to a similarly introspective mood. Speaking of K in terms of individual tracks feels like the wrong way to attack this release, seeing as none of the tracks are titled and they’re often blended together anyway. It’s truly a singular work, looking at the mood and ambiance that Dozzy has become known for from many different angles. There are moments of extreme levity and moments of weighty depth, but it takes awhile to transition between them, which is where I think ultimately K’s strength lies: Donato is content to create an aural space and just live in it for awhile.

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The only words emblazoned on the beautifully hand silk-screened package are lifted from the epic Latin poem The Aeneid, where they’re spoken by Aeneas as he looks at a frieze depicting scenes from the war from which he has returned. He is overcome with emotion, and translated by Robert Fagles the phrase reads, “The world is a world of tears, and the burdens of morality touch the heart.” It’s heavy stuff, and while I think K probably points in that direction it does so in a much more tempered manner than the phrase might suggest. This is clearly a personal album, and it’s that care that makes it not only Donato’s best work to date, but also one of the most engaging and memorable techno LPs this year. It paints an elaborate picture, but what one takes away from it is about as varied as the interpretations of the title.

Nihal  on October 21, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Nice review, Chris. This is definitely one of my favorite LPs of the year!

Ben  on October 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

the 2nd track, and the sound, overall, reminds me of bits and pieces of global communication’s 76:14… very interesting (and very good!)

Per Bojsen-Moller  on October 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Lovely album, I can tell this is going to be on constant play for a while

Pete Srdic  on October 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Yep, this is an amazing work by DD. The almost trance-like ambience he manages to work in to the tracks, is truly sublime. Highly recommended for kicked back sofa sessions, and to just float where it takes you.
Def one of the best releases for ’10 for my money. Brilliant.
(The green vinyl is also beautiful as is the packaging !)

chrisdisco  on October 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

i’m biased, but i love this album. much prefer the tape version, though.

and the ‘K’ has an important but pretty straightforward meaning (and it is NOT ketamine!)

Blaktony  on October 22, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Yes, this IS one of my albums of the year….drifting melodies,strange soundscapes; Total head-candy & beautiful.

Steve  on October 22, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Too bad Rush Hour is out of stock. It can be purchased here on discogs:

B  on October 22, 2010 at 7:40 PM

chrisdisco, why are you biased? And if you know the meaning behind the title “K”, why not share with the rest of us?

Luke Hawkins  on October 24, 2010 at 5:50 AM

agree with chris. tape is much the better format but i believe their will be a vinyl version in the near future.

Jimmy  on October 24, 2010 at 11:26 PM

the vinyl version is out, that’s what is being reviewed above.

both tape and vinyl have sold out unless you go searching on discogs etc.

the tape version definitely has a warmth and the continuity of it makes for a better continuous listen; though the vinyl is still very good.

happy i have both.

chrisdisco  on October 25, 2010 at 12:25 AM

@ b: i’m biased because donato is a very good friend. i listened to drafts of this release, i have followed the whole process from an idea to having the vinyl. it is hard for me to be at all objective about it. but i love it.

all i want to say is that the title ‘k’ is a personal reference. it is not my place to explain it.

and the reason i prefer the tape version is not to do with the sound, but i just like how it is structured when in 2 continuous mixes.

tom/pipecock  on October 28, 2010 at 8:45 PM

that A1 cut is just amazingly beautiful. the whole album is great, but that one is stunning. i’m loving this album!

kenny  on October 29, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Chrisssg – if its personal and you can’t say what it is, then it is not straight forward for the rest of us. 😉

I’m gonna hoof a g of k into me anyways and see what these track do to me brain 😛

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