Release Date: Feb 19, 2013
Record label: Stroboscopic Artefacts
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Club/Dance
DadubYou Are Eternity[Stroboscopic Artefacts; 2013]By Will Ryan; April 3, 2013Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGTweetGerman techno imprint, Stroboscopic Artifacts, has been quietly releasing some of the most abstract and forward-thinking long players the genre has seen in recent years. Namely, Lucy's Wordplay For Working Bees and Xhin's Sword, both of which offer up darkened labyrinthine IDM-infused landscapes that do as much to confound structurally as they do to pulverize sonically. Italian duo, Dadub, have played a prominent role in shaping the label's aesthetic (which includes the blackly fractured cover art that has adorned all of their LPs and samplers), working as resident mastering wizards for the label as well as releasing a string of singles leading up to You Are Eternity, their debut full-length for the imprint.
Berlin-based duo Dadub deliver riveting techno cinematics on their debut album for Stroboscopic Artefacts. Daniele Antezza and Giovanni Conti (the pair behind the label's unique aural disposition and the coined "compressed dub" genre) draw from a decade's worth of inspiration for the production of You Are Eternity. Conti and Antezza lay the entirety of their studio expertise on the line for an experience that is relentlessly and technically captivating.
Though they aren't necessarily its biggest name, Dadub play a crucial role in Stroboscopic Artefacts. The Italian duo master all of the label's releases in their impressive studio, contributing analogue warmth and careful clarity to its productions. Their earlier work swamped rhythms in sheets of implacable sound, giving them a lot in common with their label-mates.
Dadub are powering downriver into a barren jungle clearing where mortal fear and animal energy reign o'er the wee small hours. Gravely enveloping, You Are Eternity hums with transcendent awe and fetid steam. Musically, we're talking broodingly cinematic conceptual techno, and these tracks are layered and tweaked to the cranium-straining levels of intimacy that one would expect from two professional mastering engineers.