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The debut album release by Vladislav Delay appeared on the obscure Australian low-tech electronica label Sigma Editions in 1998 in a small pressing in handmade sleeves. The prolific experimental artist rose to becoming one of the most critically acclaimed electronic artists of the turn of the millennium, with releases on the Mille Plateaux, Chain Reaction, and Force Ink labels following this release in quick succession. A couple of the dub-inflected abstractions here surfaced on his Mille Plateaux debut the following year, but this album is his defining point-of-departure in defining a new hybrid dub, minimalism, IDM, post-techno music. His atmospheres are made of off-kilter, pulsing rhythms and textured loop experiments that are structured akin to avant-garde minimalist Steve Reich, yet have their roots in techno and house. (Review by Dean McFarlane)
released January 1, 1999
Recorded live at Rainy Day, Helsinki, July and October 1998.
Different versions of "Kohde" and "Ele" appear on Vladislav Delay's Entain.
I probably wouldn't have listened to this without the context of it being about dementia, but even without that context, this is a real work of art. The distorted big-band samples create a sound that starts out nostalgic, and becomes disturbing and confused, then fades into emptiness, but is enthralling all the way through. Stage 4 is my favorite, simultaneously defying musical logic and upholding it. Ivan Stanton
To me, this album sounds like a dying planet that was once full of life, but is now mostly desert with a few pockets of water. This music creates such specific pictures like that, and that's why I enjoy it so much. ggrimes65