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|Q-Burns Abstract Message|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Q-Burns Abstract Message is the rather unwieldy pseudonym of Florida-based Michael Donaldson. On Oeuvre, the third release under the Q-Burns moniker, Donaldson's touch is nearly perfect. His mixes, full of wide-open spaces... more »
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Q-Burns Abstract Message is the rather unwieldy pseudonym of Florida-based Michael Donaldson. On Oeuvre, the third release under the Q-Burns moniker, Donaldson's touch is nearly perfect. His mixes, full of wide-open spaces and deep, chilly pools of electro gurgle, are extravagant landscapes that allow for a sense of three- dimensional space but also waste no time zipping from point to point, idea to idea. While Q-Burns is certainly one of electronic music's most potent scene painters, he's not too shabby when it comes to bustin' out the neck-snapping beats and breaks either. Looking for a record dedicated to wringing out the soggy parts of the brain while also keeping the hips more than occupied? Here it is. --S. Duda
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Organic, quirky electronic gem
Richard Diaz | 06/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Q-Burns Abstract Message (a.k.a. Michael Donaldson) has released a variety of tracks over the years, on labels like Sunburn, Mephisto, and London FF/RR among others. This, as you might have guessed from the title, is a collection of his best work.What makes this album so distinctive is the instrumentation; I suspect that Q-burns plays or records the sounds he wants then samples the pieces. The result is a music playable by a band, but retaining the looped, repetitive structure of electronic music. There's only eight tracks, but every one is a winner. The tracks alternate between mid-tempo to mellow pieces and fun tracks with just enough quirk to cause a smile. "Enter/Other" gets it started nicely, with a flute contrasting nicely the lively beats. "Touching On Something" is a slower number with a funk bass. "Bugeyed Sunglasses," takes an excellent track (and what sounds like video game effects) then tosses in one man's love for his eyewear. "Puff the Magic," starts with a high-pitched proclamation before the quirky hooks kick in. "Flava Lamp," probably the most memorable piece, mirrors that formula and uses a Donkey Kong sample (!) as it's catchy theme. It ends with "Toast," a soothing, evocative piece and probably the album's best song.In an age where even the constantly mutating electronic genre can be easily labeled and pigeonholed, this firmly bucks the trend. It's a refreshing release for listeners, and a treat for jaded reviewers. Those who like this sound should seek out the similar style of Sunburn labelmate Hawke- the album Namaquadisco. And for those wondering, Donaldson has said a "cue burn" is DJ lingo for a type of record damage, and the "Abstract Message" is whatever cause he's into at the moment."
Cultured-dance with addictive beats and playful samples.
EnsoniqLP@aol.com | Portland, OR | 09/04/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cultured-dance with addictive beats and playful samples. "Oeuvre" is one of those albums that makes you want to start your own music career. The flute sample from 'Enter/Other' plus its bouncing beat will get you moving even if you're in a coma. 'Touchin' On Something' starts out as a casual beat+sample, but turns sophisticated and eerie before you can say 'next song'. Best songs: try em all, but 'Enter/Other' will definitely perk up your ears."
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Elizabeth | Boston, MA, USA | 12/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my opinion, the tracks on this album are varied. Some songs I am bored by, however the tracks that I like are some of the best songs I've ever heard, by any artist. If you don't mind long songs, this is a wonderful CD with great bass and a humorous edge to it. I would recommend it for lovers of a more lucid type of techno."