Luomo ‎– Plus

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Moodmusic ‎– MOOD-CD016
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Tracklist

1 Twist 8:17
2 Good Stuff 9:09
3 How You Look 6:52
4 Make My Day 6:58
5 Happy Strong 7:55
6 Medley Through 4:48
7 Form In Void 4:21
8 Immaculate Motive 6:37
9 Spy 4:51

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Digipak: 2 panels
no booklet

Made under midnight sun.
Publishing by Basic Channel for Universal
(C) Moodmusic Records 2011

Made in Germany

Durations not listed on the release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 27170 11782 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 827170117822
  • Matrix / Runout: manufactured by optimal media production AB48867-01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L574
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 9710

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Luomo Plus(9xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Vladislav Delay Self-Released) none Finland 2013
MOOD-CD016 Luomo Plus(CDr, Album, Promo) Moodmusic MOOD-CD016 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
OTLCD 1570 Luomo Plus+1(CD, Album) Octave Lab OTLCD 1570 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
moodcd016 Luomo Plus (Standard Version)(9xFile, FLAC, Album) Moodmusic moodcd016 2011
SI65CD Luomo Plus(CD, Album) Sound Improvement SI65CD Poland 2011 Sell This Version

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seananddev

seananddev

July 25, 2015
wish Medley Through was on vinyl :)
Mieli

Mieli

November 10, 2011

'Twist' opens an album that is evidently different from anything of Luomo's superb microhouse back catalog - we hear a sequencing of orderly, acid-flavoured notes (coupled with a white noise percussion), and they pull the ear/brain in two directions. Are we hearing the old as new again, or the future as invisioned now, or neither, or both?

Well, it doesn't really matter, because the sonic interest and percussive detail will cease all discussion, and the under-stated vocals will bypass the intellect, making a direct plumb into the listener's inmost senses. Luomo (like Uusitalo before him) will mainly appeal to your subconcious. While the nine tracks are heard (and long-after too), structural cohesion is sometimes a plaything, sometimes a mantra, but never lost. Kick drums exist as you've always remembered them, but did they always sound <i>quite</i> this clear, this delicate, and so interesting?

Of course, the answer is 'no' - it took Luomo to make what's been taken for granted valuable once again. Percussion is not a backtrack, bass is not a weapon, vocals are not obligatory. On 'Plus', his inventiveness recasts these elements into a new roles - sure, they are the same actors in different makeup, but the script is sublime, the lighting surreal, and the direction of a true auteur.

Strangely, this is the first Luomo album to restrict the vocal duties to a single gender. While the vocal performances are consistent with the musical quality, they remain even more sporadic than on 'Paper Tigers', it is now only the men who carry the album to its finality. The beautiful vocals of <a href="http://www.discogs.com/artist/Johanna+Iivanainen">Johanna Iivanainen</a> (always double- and triple-tracked so expertly) are sorely missed here, giving the album a more ominous tone than what's expected. The baritones sit deeper in the low-pass filtered bed than a female might, and so the album lacks some of the brightness that all have established before. Her yearning, fragile and dreamy contribution may have elevated this album even further.

'Spy' represents what is best about 'Plus'. It marries the typically uncooperative elements of acid, house, techno and electro bravely; lead synths stand front and centre (and bow out with dignity), the white noise percussion of decades old equipment make a final cameo, chordal material is framed between the stereo-field with a deadly precision, and vocals make a call-and-response to themselves - it's paranoia, uncertainty and maybe even a duality: (who's spying on who?).

Sonically, this album is most similar to 'Convivial', and the density, detail and occasional destruction links these albums as second cousins. Like 'Convivial' though, chattering, muddy, subliminal delays are mostly missing from the album. Dub flavours have been diluted somewhat, and it is a testament to the instrumentation that is used that the surrealism and time-fracturing of the album still persists as if it were really there all along.
SlavjanStrojanov

SlavjanStrojanov

September 24, 2011

In September 2011 Luomo (aka Vladislav Delay) returns with his new full lenght release Plus. Plus is the 5th album for Luomo, taking the songwriter abilities of Ripatti to a new level, dwelling deep into first generation Chicago house and the pop sensibilities of 80s London, coupled with his impeccable crossover pop appeal. Never going for a one formula approach, Plus has a distinct Luomo sound – hypnotic, sexy and delicately insistent, rhythms following a self-movement and never standing still. Conquering the world of electronics with a hi-tech approach, PLUS is still grabbing the listener mostly because of the soul infused into the works. Sometimes cold and brittle, other times warm and ductile, the deeply layered backgrounds make way for outstanding vocal performances which are this time credited to the cryptically named Chicago Boys, a shy boy group of more or less known vocalist.
Songs like “Good Stuff” and “Shy” are pure pop-bliss, while “Form In Void” and “Twist” shimmer in glacial electronics and gliding synths, all keeping the focus on the organic vocals to extend the album´s scope and reach far beyond expectations. The less song-focused, synth driven tunes like “Medley Through” and “How You Look” are undoubtedly reflecting the early Luomo sound from Vocal City (2000) and The Present Lover (2003), and combined with his finest songwriting makes a cohesive album which actually can and should be listened to as one whole piece. Some production details: Production & Mastering: Sasu Ripatti, Vocals: Chicago Boys, Label: Moodmusic Records, Publishing: Basic Channel for Universal, Distribution: Word And Sound, Artwork: Peter Prautzsch and Anni Rapinoja. Some additional info at www.luomomusic.org