Abakus - Departure (New Album Review)

The prodigiously gifted Russ Davies releases his first Abakus album in three years, and the qualities that made last year’s e.p. The Beginning/Dreamer so outstanding are all here. Book-ended by two Daft Punk-like songs and containing nine lush instrumentals, Departure finds him applying his incredible pop smarts and grasp of melody on a blissfully chilled-out canvas. His downtempo distillations of punchy synthpop, underground trance, progressive house and Balearic lounge literally sparkle with life and light.

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Abakus – Prisms review

Rocket has a lush sun-kissed synthpop feel to it, complete with old-school drum fills tastefully added for full effect. Slam on the other hand is minimal and seriously hypnotic, a real throwback to Techno’s early roots in German motorik bands like Neu! and Kraftwerk. Album closer Voodoo is right up to date though, a smart piece of Breakbeat complete with bowel-rumbling bass and lovely reverbed percussion. All in all, Prisms is a beautifully produced album with as much range as any dance music fan could want.

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