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Glitch is the art of exquisitely manicured accidents; it sounds fantastic between your ears, but how cool would it be if you could dance to it? While Dabrye's 2001 debut album isn't strictly glitch, it does have one foot in its abstract, frosty-grey tones, and the other foot in '80s electro — and both of them are electric boogie-ing to Remain in Light-era Talking Heads. Dabrye is one of the many guises of Michigander Tadd Mullinix, who has explored ragga-jungle (as SK-1), techno (as James T. Cotton) and IDM (under his own name). His IDM bites from jungle, his brainwashingly hypnotic techno more than nibbles on early Trax sounds, and here his glitch-funk makes vague allusions to hip-hop that he'd make good on, five years later, with the acclaimed Two/Three.
With Dabrye, it's all about spare, kinetic juxtapositions. He latches onto a few cool ideas on each track and plays them out for just as long as they keep your interest — "Smoking the Edge" (possibly a reference to the U2 guitarist's treated vocal turn on "Numb") foregrounds a funky Vocoder-like scramble and not much else besides turntable-scratch bass, a strict backbeat and eventually the polyrhythmic chatter… read more »