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Spectrum
Jega
Spectrum
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop
 
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In 1999's "electronica is dead" scenario, the tribes split into big-beat dance fanatics on one path, and sample-smashing, destruction-minded noiseniks on the other. Lost in the shuffle of all this style jockeying is any se...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jega
Title: Spectrum
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Matador Records
Release Date: 3/9/1999
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop
Styles: Drum & Bass, Electronica, IDM, Techno, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 744861035329, 5036706000032, 744861035312

Synopsis

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In 1999's "electronica is dead" scenario, the tribes split into big-beat dance fanatics on one path, and sample-smashing, destruction-minded noiseniks on the other. Lost in the shuffle of all this style jockeying is any semblance of melody or musicality--instead we get clever sampling techniques and turntable theatrics, furthering the notion of navel-gazing geeks with computer chips for brains. What began as an inspired new sound seems stalled by artistic ennui and early major label fascination followed by desertion. But there's hope that electronica is evolving, not dying: 24-year-old London native Dylan Nathan, a.k.a. Jega, has learned from all that has gone before him, creating music largely free of cliché. Spectrum's opening track "Phalanx" is a pulsating whirr of glimmering chimes and rolling beats, recalling Kraftwerk's "Autobahn," while "Kid Sista" and "Mai" turn all Japanese with lilting waterfall tinkles and balmy beats. "Naem" spirals upward with a technocolor cotillion of Humpty Dumpty merriment and ambient good vibes. Jega's strength lies in his knack for making any style his own; he's no one-trick DJ. Entirely computer generated (no samples here), Spectrum is at once pretty and repulsive, intellectual and gut busting. Jega is a multilimbed, multitalented, bowled-over brainiac with a future. --Ken Micallef

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A little raw
John Van Brunt | IL, USA | 10/15/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this album after his follow-up album Geometry (which is phenomenal), and was slightly disappointed. There are a few standout tracks (Unity Gain, Intron.ix, Pitbull), but for the most part the album is forgettable. The production value is significantly worse as well. That may be a bit unfair considering there aren't many albums that compare favorably in that regard to Geometry, but oh well. These gripes aside, I don't regret buying this album and I do still listen to in on occassion. If you really like Geometry or creative electronic music in general, this album is worth your money."
Excellent Experimental & Melodic Techno
10/02/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Similar stylistically to U-Ziq (on whose Planet U label this was originally released) Jega uses a nice cross-section of intense broken-glass breakbeat and pretty melodic techno sounds. A very varied and well-crafted record, the shifts in style keep the listener interested. If you are looking for some innovative new "electronica" you'd do yourself a favor to pick this up. I'm looking forward to hearing more from Jega."
Jega is and has been the best new techno artist...
Andrew R Midgley | Los Angeles, CA USA | 07/23/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"...for the past 3 years. Yes, vinyl only releases have been around since 1996, and this debut CD almost captures the genius of his previous releases. However, the track 'Unity Gain' surpasses them all! This is an extremely original techno artist--one I took a chance on because of good buzz, and have thanked God I did. Enjoy!"