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Cloudc

Cloudc

(Benbecula; US: Available as import; UK: 18 May 2009)

The debut album under the name Cloudc from Denmark’s Nick Arikson (who also records as Slicepad) is a bit of a stretch. Constructed from simple, soft house beats and floating snippets of voices, tweaked in real time, elicits easy comparisons to Leftfield, Echaskech, and even Underworld, but they’re a little undercooked to hit quite the same level as those three electronic giants. The fact this EP flows together flawlessly through changing sounds that work with one another is a testament to Nick’s ear and budding skills.


It’s just that the sounds are often not enough to maintain interest for the duration, and his melodic progression too stiff to lift the repetitiveness of the final product to a realm of minimal techno gold. He has some good ideas, but he rests, going back and forth between them instead of pushing on to something greater. I wouldn’t walk away if I heard this spinning at a festival stage, and apparently much if not all of this eponymous debut was recorded live, but it needs a little more work to achieve something great for the home listener.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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