Marco Carola

Play It Loud!

by Benjamin Aspray

28 June 2011

 
cover art

Marco Carola

Play It Loud!

(Minus)
US: 15 Feb 2011
UK: Import

Not a single organic sound is on it, and yet there’s a certain breathless drive on Marco Carola’s Play It Loud!, like a sweaty, bug-eyed raver who just won’t quit. The Italian technocrat, known for his style tourism, has landed on minimal house this time, and everything from the titular instructions to the complete lack of hooks shows that he intends on playing the part. These are beats for beats’ sake, and they don’t let up. If that sounds like it might be monotonous, it is—but that’s to be expected. The record’s palate of polyrhythm and negative space forges a circuit directly to your hips and feet with nary a pause to slow things down. Play it loud to hear how smart it is. Even when it’s dumb, its purity is awe-inspiring.

Play It Loud!

Rating:

Topics: marco carola
 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.

 

//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

// Notes from the Road

"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

READ the article