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After Love

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After Love album cover
Closer Dancer
You Don´t Know Me
You Don't Know Me (Radio Edit)
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 61:31

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Ghostly has this record on there 110 best albums for the last decade. Go figure.

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Dull & Uninspired


Just like everything on Kompakt... *YAAAAWN* and then they try to sing to make things even worse!

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I downloaded the allegedly "beautiful" Departures based on the reviews making it sound like it was so much better than the rest. Perhaps it IS better, but it's not great by any means. I'm not going to be downloading the others ...

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sexse baby


Sure, the vocals should be minimized, but the mood is right.

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I say...


Download 'Ride', track 4. If you can't stand the vocals, move on. If it doesn't bother you, or you like it, download the whole disc. The music is tight from top to bottom. Nice funky robotic grooves...

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hmmm it's OK


I have to agree with Morty about the vocals. There is some good stuff here, but things like 'Ride' are just excruciating...what were they thinking?? I would not recommend grabbing Ride at all, not even for a laugh...try Giganten instead. Much better

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The 30-second samples may be tempting, but don't let it fool you like it did me. The atmosphere is great, the tunes are great with a good balance of experimentation and foot-tapping, but there is the presence of a vocalist not heard in the samples. Some of the tracks, MOST NOTABLY "Ride" are literally butchered by an androgynous vocalist with a no-tone, deadpan delivery detracting from the music with hollow lyrics rather than complimenting it. 'Ride me...../Ride me babe...', what drivel; it sounds like something Brian Molko would conjure up in bad bedside recordings, and DEFINATELY something Tay Zonday can cover. Download the beautiful "Departures" and d/l "Ride" for a good laugh; then proceed to avoid at all costs.

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Departures is a gem


The review is spot on about "Departures". An eerily beautiful track, it is so simply constructed and yet so endlessly beguiling. It begins like an intro to a 70s horror movie before a no nonsense kickdrum comes in (incidentally I bet it takes a few listens before your brain works out just when that kick kicks in) and then, a few bars later, a delightfully squelchy bassline that is almost a counterpoint to the lead melody. "Departures" has that cool, alien quality of the best machine music.

They Say All Music Guide

After Love, Dirk Leyers and Matias Aguayo’s debut album, follows a number of compilation appearances and a pair of 12″ singles for the Kompakt label. Like their previously released material (some of which can be found here), the album offers a blend of kling-klanging electro/industrial-tinged techno minimalism and achingly melodic tech-house. Some songs are instrumental and others feature the vocal stylings of Aguayo, who always sounds as if he recorded his takes while preening in front of a mirror. The album’s central piece, “You Don’t Know Me,” is a sinister and rather funny (this is a compliment) rewrite of “My Favorite Things.” Over a slithering, sleazy groove, Aguayo runs through a number of things he likes. Instead of cream-colored ponies and schnitzel, the vocalist likes to eat fresh fruit and hear the sound of his voice. He also enjoys shaving, smelling himself, and licking his lips. In “Closer Dancer,” Aguayo carries a similar air of seduction, hardly raising his voice above whispering level as if he’s working his magic on a prospective one-night stand. And then, later on, in “Ride,” it seems he succeeded in bedding the object of his affection. Most of the productions resemble relaxed, slowed-down takes on the electronic body music of D.A.F. and the sub-aquatic electro-techno buzz of early Drexciya. (D.A.F. and Drexciya on a combination of Ritalin and Spanish Fly might be a good way of summing up most of the album.) The gliding “Departures,” reprised from 2001′s Total 3 compilation on Kompakt, is probably the least-representative track on the album, but it’s too gorgeous to not mention. It has to be one of the sweetest, most beautifully melancholic tracks since Aril Brikha’s “Otill.” – Andy Kellman

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