D'Arcangelo ‎– Broken Toys' Corner

Rephlex ‎– CAT 127 CD
CD, Album


1 All That J 4:25
2 N-Tower 4:43
3 5005 4:58
4 Chair Theme 5:57
5 Geo Ride 4:50
6 Phlexio 14 4:09
7 Tetax 3:28
8 Topic And U 4:56
9 No-Ia 3:45
10 X59 4:16
11 Mitrum 7 3:06
12 Flatcalm 4:08

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℗,© 2002 Rephlex
Made in England

Issued in a standard jewel case with insert sheet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 666908072725
  • Barcode (Text): 6 66908 07272 5
  • Matrix / Runout: CAT127CD 02 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Mould - Inner ring): MADE IN THE UK BY UNIVERSAL M&L
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L135
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 04F4
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 04C9

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAT 127 LP D'Arcangelo Broken Toys' Corner(2xLP, Album) Rephlex CAT 127 LP UK 2002 Sell This Version
CAT 127 D'Arcangelo Broken Toys' Corner(12xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Rephlex CAT 127 UK 2009


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September 21, 2004
edited over 14 years ago

D’Arcangelo’s album BROKEN TOYS’ CORNER jettisons some of their more noisy leanings (though not all), for better or worse, in favor of the latest genre du jour, braindance. That’s not to say that they’re following a trend -- their output continues to be varied and interesting: “All That J” is jazzy, while “In-Tower” has a more abstract melody over a complex rhythm line. The elegant and melancholic “Chair Theme” adds an element of emotion into the cerebral proceedings. “Tetax” injects a dreamy note into the album, one that’s solidified by the rough edges of the beat. “No-Ia,” for all its beauty, sounds vaguely reminiscent of all the other melodic IDM floating around out there. And if anything hinders this album, it’s that: a refusal to stake its own unique place. But with such distractions as the mellifluous “Mitrum 7” or the closing track, “Flatcalm,” the BROKEN TOYS’ CORNER isn’t a bad place to be, after all.


April 9, 2003
edited about 1 year ago

Personally, I think this is one of the best albums of 2002. I was totally suprised and immensly pleased to hear that they did not buy up a bunch of new equipment and change their sound to please the ever shifting tastes of the electronic listening crowd. Plus, this album, along with Global Goon's - Vatican Nitez, brought Rephlex back in a major way.

Broken Toys' Corner is full-on Braindance. Filled from beginning to end with beautiful string passages, lush drifting piano melodies and slightly "broken" beats. I have been listening to it for several months now and it continues to grow on me in a very pleasant way. The first two tracks (All That J and N-Tower) make for nice openers (this disc can DEFINITELY be played all the way through without skipping tracks). "All That J" in particular is an upbeat happy track to open the CD. As the title suggests, it's jazzy. May even contain a sample or the hint of an old jazz theme. For me though, the meat of the disc is tracks 3-5. 5005 is just an incredible song. Those drifting piano melodies I mentioned above are in full effect here (literally drifting from non-existance to predominance through-out the track). The beat is a constant stutter step with some swirling crunchies thrown in for good measure. Chair Theme has more of those piano "like" melodies, but these are filtered do much less drifting. The beat is deceiving, sounding like a normal Braindance breakbeat at first, them slowly gaining more parts and pace until the middle break. Here, instead of tearing apart the beat, they pull out all the other tracks, crank the levels and add more sounds to the drum tracks. Makes for a very energetic song. The last track from the 3-5 trio is Geo Ride. More with the beats. To my ears, they spent a lot of time getting their own sound on the beats for this record. This track definitely feels like a ride. Nice tones (like pieces of metal sliding back and forth) and start/stops through-out this track. ANOTHER great melody that does not overpower the track with some cut-up vocals (again, mixed low to not overpower) coming in around half way. All the rest of the songs are passable, like the first two, and serve the purpose of moving the record along at a nice pace. Like I said, there is no need to skip any tracks. Having said that, the last track, Flatcalm, just keeps getting better for me. Basic hip-hop beat that stay solid through-out. Again, very nice melody, but it's they way they wrote, recorded and mixed the little touches to the beats that seperate this album from most. Bouncy, swirly, bleepy and crunchy, but all within the context, structure and mix of each song. Definitely worth the wait between Shipwreck and this release. Let's hope they put out another one sooner.

Note #1: If you like the D'arcangelo album Shipwreck, chances are good you will like Broken Toys' Corner. It's a much more melodious album. Definitely a bit more gentle than Shipwreck, and a little less crunchy on the beats. I love them both, but would place Broken Toys' Corner on a whole different level.