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Incommunicado

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Intro
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6am
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Lost in Sound
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No Consequence
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Coda and Clang
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Don't See The Point
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Jah Future
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ok
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Chica Wappa ((mejor edit))
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Nuance
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Ditto
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Brian's Lung
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Passing Through
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Recess
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 67:37

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Can't say enough

Johnckane

Alex Smoke is crafty. An artisan. A workman. A ploughman. A painter. A poet with sounds. This album is wonderful. If you like dance, this is your album. If you like electronic, this is your album. If you like music, this is your album.

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Underworld in an alternate world

ahpookishere

In a world where Underworld had taken its dubnobass / second toughest sensibilities in a less radio/floor friendly direction and had instead stretched out into köln microhouse, this is the album they might have released. But they didn't, Alex Smoke did, and for that we should all be very happy.

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They Say All Music Guide

On the merits of his drum programming alone, Glasgow-based techno producer Alex Smoke makes excellent techno for both listening and moving. His light and wiggly drum patterns are matched up against bubbling bloops and melodic bleeps — and this is the sort of stuff that has driven listeners into the arms of classic Detroit techno composers like Carl Craig and new-school minimal romantics like Ricardo Villalobos. But what really sets this debut apart is the profound melancholy Smoke adds to the mix, whether through a mournful string line (“Lost in Sound”) or a distant echoing robot whisper (“No Consequences”). “Don’t See the Point” takes an elliptical buzzing and slowly evolves it to a multi-note melody counterpointed against more distant vocals and curling synth notes, while “Brian’s Lung” bridges the gap between playful rave stabs and the jumping microhouse clip-clop familiar to fans of Akufen and the like. This sort of pan-generational rave technique (hard to believe there are now multiple techno generations) is equally evident in the tranced-out synths and galloping beat of “Chica Wappa [Mejor Edit].” At any given point sounding like the best in classic European electronica and contemporary minimalism, Alex Smoke has made an album difficult to date, and equally difficult to turn off. – Joshua Glazer

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