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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, International Music, Special Interest, Pop
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All Artists: Pole
Title: 2
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Matador Records
Original Release Date: 2/23/1999
Release Date: 2/23/1999
Album Type: EP
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, International Music, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Ambient, Electronica, IDM, Techno, Europe, Continental Europe, Experimental Music, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 744861035923, 5413356892727

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This is New--Hiss 'N Bass
melodic | New York, NY | 07/12/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Crackles, sparks, pops, hisses, and static farts generally provide the percussion throughout this truly interesting album. Definitely background music, Pole 2 pulls its influences (barely) from dub and at times ragga (to even lesser extent). It's surprisingly minimalist and sparce but still manages to create an dense aesthetic."
UFO dub-ology!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Stefan Betke's follow-up to his crackly minimalist "CD1," which in my opinion, is what dub reggae would sound like if it were made by UFO-folk. In a compositional progression from its predecessor, the tracks on this EP are, on the whole, more engaging melodically and rhythmically than those on his debut, yet they still float airily through an ocean of static and vinyl scratches and pops. Dreamy..."
The Blue Raja | MD, USA | 07/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album, er, EP, gets 5 stars for those who know what dub, minimal techno, or whatever you want to call it is all about.
If you've never heard of this odd craze, this CD is certainly a GREAT one for starters... heck, it was MY first one, and although I have collected a few more of Pole's CDs as well as a few other artists like Basic Channel or Autechre, this little red CD will always have a special place in my heart. Now let's talk about the music. An average Joe who's never heard of this style wouldn't even CALL it music. Most likely it would be called a bad radio signal, electronic noise, rubbish. Sure... for the SIMPLE-MINDED. Once you take a moment to open your mind, suddenly you realize that there is rhythm in the static clicks... there's a melody to the bass that can only be found if you have a powerful subwoofer or crank the bass on whatever system you have, and then the next thing you know, your soul is captured by the ambient reverberations caused by the echoing pops tickling your brain. Boy, if only this was mastered in 5.1 Surround!Don't let an EP scare you away, Pole's "2" is worth an album price, it's the best Pole in my opinion."