Release Date: Apr 4, 2011
Record label: When In Doubt
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
When I saw that the press release stated that Fever, the new record from Dutch maestro 2562, was built entirely using samples lifted from Seventies and Eighties disco tracks, I must admit I feared for the worst. I formed a particularly close bond with his last album on Tectonic, 2009's Unbalance, which somehow manages to boost my workplace productivity five-fold whenever I put it on in the background. The prospect of swapping that heaving bassweight with funky, octave-ridden electric bass didn't exactly fill me with the joys of spring.
For better and worse, electronic music cares about process. You wouldn't ever congratulate a friend who spent months getting his oven to function as a refrigerator, but anyone who can make a vacuum sound like an 808 can prepare for notoriety, if not outright praise. Artists such as Matthew Herbert, the Field, and Matmos have diced sounds until their notable sources are barely detectable.