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Matthew Dear is a minimal techno artist signed to Ghostly International Records (also home to artists such as Kiln, Twine, and Tycho). In “Leave Luck To Heaven” Dear lays down sharp, upbeat rhythms and tight synth hits that are winding and intricate, yet almost danceable. Relying mostly on the beats, and other sliced samples, melodies play a minimal role in this album. I really loved the use of underlying elements in this album. While the beats may stay somewhat stagnant, there is a good bit happening in the background; from chopped vocals samples, to brooding pads.

In a way it is difficult to describe the overall mood of this album. If I could describe this album visually I would associate it with a dark shade of grey, but with a noise filter to show how it is mostly void of emotion, but with little blips and glitches throughout that add flavor. “Dog Days” and “It’s Over Now” are prime examples of the combination of dreary vocals with a minimal dance and glitch feel. Dear’s own vocals actually make for a nice addition to the music; adding to the hard, concrete quality.

Owning up to Ghostly International Record’s forward-thinking reputation, “Leave Luck To Heaven” is a high quality, and different piece of minimal techno. Casually thumping through each track, the little additions add up to a big aural picture that delivers a satisfying listen.

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