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Runtime: 27'57''

«After a short interlude, Matt Cooke-Davis (a.k.a. Craque) assaults our senses with an eclectic amalgam of rich rhythmic patterns that derivate from dub, hip hop, techno and other urban languages, but instead of driving us straight to the physical emotion center, they drive us to the 'braindance' center. We should close our eyes, then, to fully appreciate what's being offered. 'Cirkulit' is all this and more, because it also speaks skewed experimental electronics idioms to our pleasure centers.

Half an hour of Craque's 'Gamma' is all we need to stimulate our craving for great electronic music. Craque isn't new around either, he has excellent works on Stadtgruen, Kahvi Collective and Kikapu. I just love how he uses the bass and lower pitch frequencies, the melodic loops, the ambient pads, the sometimes dirty beats and jazz-influenced improv. narratives. We can even experience some delayed acoustic guitar loops on 'Matterbuss'.

Excellent and extremely elegant electronic music.» - Pedro Leitão


Downloads:

01 • Penetrarette ........................................................................... pt us
  [1'10'' • 2,97Mb • 320Kbps]
02 • Cirkulit ................................................................................... pt us
  [6'26'' • 15,0Mb • 320Kbps]
03 • Gruven .................................................................................... pt us
  [6'38'' • 15,4Mb • 320Kbps]
04 • Matterbuss .............................................................................. pt us
[2'58'' • 7,09Mb • 320Kbps]
05 • Orgaslsp .................................................................................. pt us
  [5'59'' • 14,0Mb • 320Kbps]
06 • Liberation ............................................................................... pt us
  [4'46'' • 11,2Mb • 320Kbps]
  • artwork ................................................................................... pt us
  [PDF-Zip • 3,50Mb]
  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
  [Zip • 65,8Mb]

Reviews:

«The broken beats and contorted melodic moments of the album Gamma by Craque (aka Matt Cooke-Davis) have their strongest showing on “Matterbuss,” the fourth of its six tracks. There’s a rotating, purposefully clunky rhythm that sounds like it might have been spliced together from snippets of a recording of an out-of-breath dog. The rhythm is later repeated on what could be chopsticks tapping out a sketch of the work on a restaurant table. Above it, throughout, fragments of spoken word and gestural acoustic guitar hover like filigrees and decorations. There is much to recommend Gamma, but the taut achievement of “Matterbuss” (MP3) makes it the keeper. More details at the releasing netlabel. More on Craque at craque.net
- Marc Weidenbaum [Disquiet] / November 05, 2008

«Matt Cooke Davis is the mind behind Craque, a project of highly abstract instrumental electronic music that often defies easy categorization. He's not afraid of melody or traditional rhythm, even at times can lay down a healthy groove, but most of his music is characterized by heavily processed and manipulated sounds derived from everyday objects. Typically, though, these sounds are far removed from the source and take on a weird, synthetic life of their own.

Gamma is a free mini-album for the Test Tube netlabel, and from the first few seconds of "Penetrarette," Craque is already bending sound into something surprising, a whirling rush of color and texture. It's a brief palate cleanser, wiping out whatever may be in your mind to prepare you for the more subtle and strange longer pieces to follow. "Cirkulit" is built largely around an oddly catchy synth phrase, but the rhythm section, consisting largely of clicks, blips, and fragments, skitters around it, often disorienting you in the process. Like "Cirkulit," "Gruven" (perhaps a play on phonics) is anchored by an off-kilter musical phrase -- in this instance, a series of delayed guitar chords and an odd melodic pattern. "Matterbuss" incorporates some buried field recordings and has a strange free jazz quality about it (in spirit more than sound) while "Orgaslsp" is probably the most unusual of the bunch, with an insistent, rhythmic synth sound that reminds me of heavy breathing, sounds darting in and out of one another as this odd machine gasp persists in rhythm. He saves the most direct beat for last on "Liberation," a downtempo groove that references hip hop in the most leftfield of ways, pitting weird pitched cymbals and choppy samples against a smooth bass synth that ties it all together.

It's another in a series of free digital releases that Craque has produced in the last couple of years, definitely worth a gander for any fan of abstract electronic music. His own approach to strangely infectious grooves takes a bit of time to set in, but it's hard to deny once it does.»
- Matt Mercer [Under The Lens] / November 02, 2008

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