Julien Dyne, Pins & Digits (2009)
I knew Julien Dyne was a great drummer, having heard a bunch of his work away from his solo material where he extends the role out to beat-maker, producer, songwriter, DJ. There’s a lot of twisted-disco and broken-beat soul-music and the like that I am a huge fan of – there is also plenty of wonky and woozy beat-making music that seems to exist just to show off an exercise from someone being bored – even sounding bored in the process. But I think that Pins & Digits is a great album – one I fell in love with the first time I heard it. It’s got soul, it’s got hooks, it’s got some great vocal cuts (from vocalists who get a lot of rave reviews – Mara TK and Parks – and on the strength of the work here it’s easy to see why). I don’t like everything that all of the musicians involved here have done – but I like everything on this album. It feels right; it’s all come together nicely. Most importantly I remember, whenever I play this album, thinking back to when a friend loaned me a copy, recommended it, and how when I first sat down to give it a spin I knew I wanted to get hold of my own copy. It was enough of an achievement that a Kiwi artist had an album out on the excellent BBE label. It was a (crucial) bonus that it was a great album – bursting with hip, fresh, smart ideas. Brilliantly realised, perfectly executed – I still play this album a heap. And I tend to focus in on a new track (as a new favourite) each time.
Sample Track: Stained Glass Fresh Frozen
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