Access To Arasaka ‎– Oppidan

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Tracklist

Nypox 3:56
Medway 3:43
Monoscan 4:23
Ruin 2:35
Caeropore 4:29
First Kill (Feat. Beau Jestice) 6:14
Montcalm 1:46
Parisville 5:03
Jody 4:58
Recon (Feat. ESA) 4:51
Delicate Annihilation 3:15
Chem 4:33
Sylvan-Hesh 5:06
Transcendence 4:00
She 3:36
Waiting War 4:37
Aftermath 3:19

Versions (3)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TA031, SLQ008 Access To Arasaka Oppidan(CD, Album) Tympanik Audio, Spectraliquid TA031, SLQ008 US 2009 Sell This Version
TA031 Access To Arasaka Oppidan(17xFile, ALAC, Album) Tympanik Audio TA031 US 2009
SLQ 008 Access To Arasaka Oppidan(17xFile, FLAC, Album) Spectraliquid SLQ 008 US 2009

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Luminon

Luminon

September 21, 2016
edited 10 months ago
referencing Oppidan, CD, Album, TA031, SLQ008
Seven years. Seven years this album sat on hard drives of my computers. Seven years ago, this was not my taste. Close, but definitely behind the border of the bearable. Keep your enemies close, they say. And I did. Once in a while, in a dark mood, I gave a listen to the lone foghorn of Montcalm, or Beau Jestice's First Kill. That was all.

After seven years, holy shit. This album is magnificent. Dark, noisy, sharp, but beautiful, powerful, deep, and rich beyond imagination. "Love the pensive edge", one my friend said. Love the pensive edge indeed. Regardless of the micron-precision noise, the brooding melancholy runs deep, silver-lined by lush pads, cybernetic crunching, vast soundscapes and even tender melodies. It is one of the most harsh experiences in my collection, yet one you will grow to love. Even if it takes seven years. You will adapt.
5/5, 10/10
Maurautius

Maurautius

January 22, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Oppidan, CD, Album, TA031, SLQ008
If you've been hearing people compare Access To Arasaka to Gridlock then I'm here to tell you that what you've heard is 100% true. Make no mistake - Access To Arasaka is the spiritual successor to Gridlock. He doesn't seem to mention Gridlock ever in his influences and favorite artists, but we would have to be fools to think that they did not inspire him to some degree. Oppidan is the soundtrack to a dark future... A future that you want to hear, trust me. Fans of Gridlock's Trace and Formless NEED to get this album.
Headphone_Commute

Headphone_Commute

August 5, 2010
referencing Oppidan, CD, Album, TA031, SLQ008
Once introduced to that delicious, sweet nectar, the addict constantly searches for more. Just another hit, another bump, another tweak to get one smiling. In my case, the choice of drug is music. Whether it be a melodic harmony within the player's piano keys, or nasty glitch within his framework - I ... WANT ... MORE! Hungrily consuming every minuscule release by a handful of favorite artists, I'm also on the lookout for new names. Who will be the next dealer of bliss, of poison, and of true love? Yessss... Give it to me... Inside these headphones, a digital structure gets transformed into a swallowed pill, an inhale of ambiance, a prickle of a crunchy beat. A newcomer to the scene, Access to Arasaka wishes to remain anonymous, hoping to have his real name "erased like unwanted hentai pictures on a 3.5 floppy disk." With Oppidan, his unique output has been finally picked up by Tympanik and Spectraliquid in one shot. Prior to signing, he has released a few digital EPs all on his own: Korova EP (2006), Cassiopeia (2007), and Vessel EP (2007); with a few additional free releases on Danish illphabetik net label: METAX (2007) and :Port (2008). Oppidan is his debut full length, featuring vocal contributions by Beau Jestice and Jamie Blacker (aka ESA). This is the delicious clicky, crunchy, and super melodic IDM that your brain has been craving. Luscious pads, modulated synths, and sporadic percussion will keep you at the edge of your seat, as you attempt to hold on to the kaleidoscope of sound thrown up in the air like abstract confetti, only to be arranged back into intricate designs before it lands on the floor. And this incredible intelligent complexity is what makes Oppidan an exciting and entertaining listen that begs for multiple returns. It's like finally solving a challenging puzzle that only reveals to you one side at a time. Highly recommended if you are a fan of Gridlock, Kattoo, Hecq and the purveyors of digital organisms that eat through the neural network of your brain. Be sure to check out AtA's entertaining Matrix-like geeky web site where you can also download his latest digital EP, ==null for FREE.
ahpook

ahpook

January 15, 2010
referencing Oppidan, CD, Album, TA031, SLQ008
An absolutely fantastic album that picks up where the previous kings of this style, namely Cadoo/Wells Gridlock, left off when they abdicated the throne. Dark in mood, by turns ambient and noisy, with precise and intricate beat structures underlying rich layers of melody and texture. If AtA's earlier (mostly free!) EPs interest you at all this is a can't-miss release.
Apparent_Symmetry

Apparent_Symmetry

November 7, 2009
referencing Oppidan, CD, Album, TA031, SLQ008

After hundreds of plays... this album still blows me away. As on his past releases, the beatwork/percussion/fx are flawless. But I expected as much. The synths and pads however, is what really holds this album together.

If you're looking for something to fall into, something that will take you to another world, this is definitely an album that will do it...