Friday, Apr 2nd 2004, 11:54 AM #1 funk d'void - volume freak [soma]
The Low Down:
He’s back. Scotland’s hottest techno export, Funk D’Void comes flying back on to the scene with his third album Volume Freak which sees Lars Sandberg on his finest form yet. As the recent single “Emotional Content” proves - this is so much more than techno - it’s an inspiration. Volume Freak will cement his reputation as one of dance music’s most important producers right now. 2001’s seminal Dos was a ‘must have’ album and was overwhelmingly received, but this album is shaping up to eclipse all his previous outings and catapult Funk D’Void up to the next level.
Picking up where its predecessors left off, Volume Freak is grounded in techno: the majestic opener “Emotional Content” distills fifteen years of Detroit’s machine music legacy into eight minutes; the sublime mood music of ‘All That Matters’, ‘Sueno For Somebody’ and ‘Electrix 313’ lap at your ears like rose-scented surf; and the massive Heavenly Mix of ‘Diabla’, with its gut-busting bass and swirling, euphoric keys, provides a healthy dose of contemporary club oomph.
The decision to include ‘Diabla’: in its Heavenly form (different from that included on Dos) it was one of the biggest tunes of tunes on 2001; and none less than The Chemical Brothers used to close their DJ sets with it.
But Volume Freak sees Lars move his sound on with vocal tracks like ‘Can’t Get Enough Of A Bad Thing’ and ‘Way Up High’. The result is like a good time, sun-kissed Underworld, and a world away from the techno scene in which Lars cut his teeth. Volume Freak is a panacea for the winter blues; a ray of Mediterranean sunshine brightening up both your stereo and the dancefloor; an antidote to insubstantial excesses of electroclash; one in the eye for the dance-music’s-dead brigade; synth music concerned with the future as well as the past; a record that sounds dead good if you crank it up to ten; eleven tracks that make you happy. Funk D’Void is going to make you freak...
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Can’t Get Enough Of A Bad Thing (featuring Mark “Blakkat” Bell)
Diabla (Heavenly Mix)
Way Up High (featuring Martin Landquist)
All That Matters
Beat The Bleep
Jack Me Off (Old School Remix)
Sueno For Somebody
released feb. 23, 2004
personal review: i like. diabla brings my roll back and makes me feel emotional in a 347-esque way. good shit.
oh, my duodenum!