Matthew Dear ‎– EP2

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Spectral Sound ‎– SPC-07
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Vinyl, 12", EP, 33 ⅓ RPM
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  • Barcode: 8 0429799071 2

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swil.wilson

swil.wilson

April 21, 2008
Matthew Dear's record label should seriously consider rereleasing his first two EPs together on CD, as they are sure to appeal to fans of his impressive full-length debut, "Leave Luck to Heaven." I was fortunate to find this 12", but many of us don't have time to dig through vinyl crates and for that matter, many people don't even have turntables anymore.

EP2 was released the same year as "Leave Luck", but I'm guessing its actual production predates it a bit. The music is just a little more primitive - somehow more minimal, more repetition, and perhaps a bit less personality. It's also geared toward the dance floor rather than the listening room. Still, hardcore fans will enjoy hearing Matthew Dear's earliest work and it remains very good techno, even if better things were already on their way.

If you know Dear, you basically know what to expect. A strong beat, a 16th note shuffle, sparse melodies, and tasty little electronic blips. I'm not sure if it's worth great effort to find this because it's fairly straightforward. It's really only essential for hardcore collectors. However, if you are a fan and happen to find this in a record bin somewhere for a reasonable price, don't think twice.
bhbognar

bhbognar

February 13, 2004
This is minimal techno at its best. Not only is Matthew a nice guy, but he packs so much shuffle into Lakonic that even skeptics of techno can't resist a bit of booty-shake. It's a mid paced piece with sparse elements, but it stands as an incredible work of rhythmic music.