Music Review | posted 04.07.2011
Zomby
Dedication
4AD, 2011
Text Pippo Kuhzart , Translation Julia Frohn
Your Rating:
8.0
User (3)
8.0
Editorial
Cover Zomby - Dedication

With his album Where Were You In ’92, Zomby had succeeded in creating a milestone of bass-music. On his often harsh tracks, the bass used to thump, the drums and the squealing synths seemed to be racing one another and all that was broken over and over by horns and gunshots. On his first release after a 2-years-break, the munition is not spent as freely, anymore. However, the finger still nervously jumps around the trigger, and this is exactly where __Dedication__’s biggest strength lies: the album is much more melodious, even softer than his former works, and still it doesn’t lose that consistent dark and threatening atmosphere which made Zomby’s sound special in the first place. A bigger playfulness on the synths is the main reason for the disarming of a force that’s still noticeable by the bass going straight for the listeners’ guts every now and then. It’s the moderated violence of Zomby’s music and a permanently resonating suspense that the outbreak could happen any moment, which make this album so very intense. Even the untypical elements (strings, pianos, Noah Lennox) rather help intensifying than clearing the prevailing mood. Melancholy, sorrow, indicated aggression: All these things can be interpreted into the lines of the very many great songs. All in all, Dedication is not as brutal in its penetrating power as his former works, but way more intensive in the atmosphere it transmits.

You can find Zomby’s Dedication at hhv.de: LP | CD
Tags:
Related Articles
Music Interview | posted 17.11.2011
Joker
The Inner Vision
Like no other, Joker is bridging the gap between dubstep and hip hop with his so called »purple sound«. Finally, his long anticipated debut album The Vision came out these days. We met Joker to discuss dubstep, rap, video games and stolen TV’s.
Music Review | posted 01.09.2016
Zomby
Ultra
As a musical statement »Ultra« by Zomby is so clearly articulated, that it could once again be the start of something new.
Music Review | posted 17.06.2011
Bon Iver
Bon Iver
Justin Vernon stepped up, trying to solve the impossible task to record a follow-up to For Emma, Forever Ago.
Music Review | posted 16.03.2012
Grimes
Visions
There’s an absentminded, aimless naivety entrenched in the current record by the Canadian elve-singer Grimes.
Music Review | posted 20.09.2012
Efterklang
Piramida
Efterklang are searching for airiness and find it in the songs on their fourth album, with melodies not as old as hills – promise!
Music Review
Bremer/McCoy
Natten
Jazz is more hip than it has been for a long time. The output is large, the return mediocre. But with »Natten« Kopenhagen’s Bremer/McCoy deliver a fantastic work.
Music Review
Kuunatic
Gate Of Klüna
Japanese trio Kuunatic debut on Glitterbeat with »Gate of Klüna,« a literally otherworldly psych-rock masterpiece.
Music Review
Quantic & Nidia Góngora
Almas Conctadas
Eight years after a joint EP, Nidia Góngora and Quantic intensify their collaboration with the album »Almas Conctadas«.
Music Review
Various Artists
Shouts 2021 Vol.1&2
With »Shouts 2021,« the British label Rhythm Section International follows up the first instalment of its compilation series with an even more ambitious second one.
Music Review
Trip Shrubb
Trewwer, Leud Un Danz
On »Trewwer, Leud Un Danz,« Trip Shrubb remixes tunes from a Folkways record from 1952. The results are disquieting.
Music Review
Grouper
Shade
»Shade« is the twelfth album release or so from Grouper and the question is: Can Liz Harris keep up the level of the previous ones? Spoiler: She can.
Music Review
Ka Baird & Pekka Airaksinen
FRKWYS Volume 17: Hungry Shells
On »FRKWYS Volume 17: Hungry Shells,« vocal performer Ka Baird collaborates with the Finnish composer Pekka Airaksinen.
Music Review
Warda
Khalik Hena
First released in 1973, Warda’s »Khalik Hena« has now been reissued via WeWantSounds for the first time since then,
Music Review
MLO
Oumuamua
More Virtual Dreams: Music From Memory pay tribute to MLO with an extensive compilation of the ambient duo’s mid-90s work.
Music Review
Sepehr
Survivalism
Sepehr pays his dues to the sound of the hardcore continuum. But his »Survivalism« mini-LP also offers much more than only that.
Music Review
Akiko Yano
Ai Ga Nakucha Ne
»Ai Ga Nakucha Ne« by Akiko Yano, released in 1982, was produced by Ryūichi Sakamoto and offers a wild mix of styles.
Music Review
Xochimoki
Temple Of The New Sun
»Temple Of The New Sun« comprises pieces by the project Xochimoki, which in the 1980s dedicated itself to reinterpreting Mesoamerican music forms.
Music Review
Soshi Takeda
Floating Mountains
Soshi Takeda translates the sight of Chinese mountain landscapes to lo-fi house with his »Floating Mountains« album for 100% Silk.
Music Review
Sault
NINE
»NINE« by Sault drenches all whites in hydrochloric acid, sends beautiful greetings from Stax Studios and holds a mass like Yeezus.
Music Review
Cindytalk
Wappinschaw
Once understood, it’s life-changing: »Wappinschaw«, 1994 released highlight of Cindytalk, has now been reissued on Dais Records.
Music Review
Various Artists
Eins Und Zwei Und Drei Und Vier
Kann eine Compilation über die Neue Deutsche Welle noch neue Einblicke ermöglichen? »Eins Und Zwei Und Drei Und Vier« zeigt, ja, das geht.
Music Review
Palmbomen II
Make A Film
Film without music is possible, but meaningless. Palmbomen II thought so and created 24 musical sketches that invite you to »Make A Film«.
Music Review
Various Artists
Back Up: Mexican Tecno Pop 1980-1989
In Mexico, too, synthesizers and drum machines were popular in the eighties. You can listen to them on the compilation »Back Up: Mexican Tecno Pop 1980-1989«.
Music Review
Nala Sinephro
Space 1.8
The most successful example of jazz that holds its own in open dialogue with electronic approaches comes this year from Nala Sinephro and is called »Space 1.8«.
Music Review
Angel Olsen
Aisles
On »Aisles«, Angel Olsen covers songs from the eighties that she heard as a child in the supermarket. A little masterpiece of five songs.
Music Review
Tata Vasquez & His Orchestra
Ecstasy
Tata Vasquez is another musician for whom it is hard to understand why he hasn’t made more records. But we can be very happy with »Ecstasy«.
Music Review
Hiro Kone
Silvercoat The Throng
With the album »Silvercoat The Throng,« Hiro Kone significantly expands their sonic palette without losing their signature style.
Music Review
Flying Lotus
Yasuke O.S.T.
A bit like haiku without words: With the soundtrack to the Netflix series »Yasuke«, Flying Lotus once again shows all its skills.
Music Review
Uman
Chaleur Humaine
Freedom To Spend reissues »Chaleur Humaine«, the 1992 debut by the French sibling duo Uman.
Music Review
Little Simz
Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Forget Drake! Kanye West anyway! The rap album of these days is called »Sometimes I Might Be Introvert« and comes from Little Simz.
Music Review
Jan Jelinek
The Raw And The Cooked
With »The Raw And The Cooked«, Jan Jelinek has cooked up a nice soup for us. His work, originally composed for SWR, is now available on vinyl record. Delicious!
Music Review
Hozan Yamamoto & Yu Imai
Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku
The soundtrack to the 1979 film »Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku« composed by Hozan Yamamoto and Yu Imai has now been re-released.
Music Review
Jolly Mare
Epsilon
Mediterranean summer music: You have to imagine the sea of Jolly Mare on »Epsilon« as a cheerful one.
Music Review
The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
Le-Le
On the threshold of acid jazz, »Le-Le«, by The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble from Philadelphia, was released in 1987. Now comes a reissue.
Music Review
Venetian Snares
Rossz Csillag Alatt Született
The finally rereleased LP “Rossz Csillag Alatt Született” is and remains Venetian Snares’ most ambitious album.
Music Review
Park Hye Jin
Before I Die
»Before I Die«, the debut of the South Korean musician Park Hye Jin, released on Ninja Tune, follows a sophisticated architecture.
Music Review
Xique-Xique
Na Lagoa
»Na Lagoa«, into the lagoon, is where the Brazilian duo Xique-Xique go on their now released debut album.
Music Review
Tülay German & François Rabbath
Tülay German & François Rabbath
On the first of their two joint albums, Tülay German & Francois Rabbath explored Turkish folklore. The result from 1980 still sounds timeless today.
Music Review
Sarah Davachi
Antiphonals
Milky shimmering pearls: Canadian musician Sarah Davachi has released a great new album with »Antiphonals«.
Music Review
Ian Carr
Belladonna
»Belladonna«, Ian Carr’s gem from 1972, has now been reissued. Jazz lovers should get their hands on it.
Music Review
Arpanet
Inertial Frame
With »Inertial Frame«, the third and last album by Gerald Donald’s project Arpanet, released in 2006, is now being reissued. The past catches up with the future.
Music Review
Al-Dos Band
Doing Our Thing With Pride
Recorded in 1976, never released until now, Kalita brings »Doing Our Thing With Pride« by the elegantly sparkling Al-Dos Band to life.
Music Review
The Pro-Teens
I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly
Is Melbourne the secret capital of retro-funk? With »I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly«, a band called The Pro-Teens is preparing to confirm this assumption.
Music Review
DJ Seinfeld
Mirrors
»Mirrors« is the name of the second album of the Swedish producer DJ Seinfeld. And compared to previous music, the mirrors are well cleaned.
Music Review
Sorcerer
Kids World
»Kids World,« the new album from California based musician Daniel Saxon Judd aka Sorcerer is out on Growing Bin.
Music Review
Sofie Birch & Johan Carøe
Repair Techniques
»Repair Techniques« is a classic Sofie Birch album, but not only thanks to Johan Carøe also much more than that. Her collaboration on STROOM~ impresses with small gestures.