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Dive is IDM artist Tycho’s latest record released on Ghostly International. Tycho first entered the music world with a piece of work known as The Science of Patterns as a self-released EP in 2002. 2004 saw the release of his first full length entitled Sunrise Projector which is perhaps his most known work in the IDM community.

His second album dubbed Past is Prologue was released in ’06 on now defunct Florida-based Merck Records which was responsible for housing a lot of quality releases roughly in the same musical realm including works from Secede, Machinedrum, Mr. Projectile, and Helios.

This record in particular has the emotion and feeling that music from Ulrich Schnauss conveys while retaining a rhythm and structure that almost sounds like a vocal-less Zero 7 and an artist named Aerosol with Airborne all while sticking contently to an electronic-oriented background and atmosphere.

While Dive is vocal-less, it does sport minor vocal samples, most notably in its title track seen above.

Easily described as a feel-good album, Dive soars beyond what Tycho accomplished musically with previous records. While Past is Prologue as well as Sunrise Projector were solid no doubt, Dive feels like it was created effortlessly. It’s a straight forward record containing the easiness and relaxed atmosphere of Prologue while maintaining the striking eloquence of Tycho’s debut album.

Tycho’s work here is an outstanding testament to great IDM music and possesses long lasting appeal and virtually endless replayability.

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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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