Luomo ‎– Vocalcity

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Market 11:59
Class 12:31
Synkro 13:59
The Right Wing 16:08
Tessio 12:07
She-Center 9:56

Versions (6)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FT14 Luomo Vocalcity(CD, Album, Dig) Force Tracks FT14 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
FT14 Luomo Vocalcity(3x12", Album) Force Tracks FT14 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
FT14 Luomo Vocalcity(3x12", Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Force Tracks FT14 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
HUUME04 Luomo Vocalcity(CD, Album, RE) Huume HUUME04 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
si66cd Luomo Vocalcity(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Sound Improvement si66cd Poland 2011 Sell This Version
none Luomo Vocalcity(6xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Not On Label (Vladislav Delay Self-Released) none Finland 2013

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2087

2087

December 2, 2018
referencing Vocalcity, CD, Album, Dig, FT14

Really sneaks up on the listener. At the surface, it's repetitive, glitchy, nighttime techno. It feels patched together, slightly dystopian, futuristic, like an artificial intelligence reassembled bits and pieces of other techno pop songs. But then you get hit in the heart with that oh-so-soulful chorus line in "Tessio" and it all makes sense: THIS is what he was doing and building up to the whole album. Which makes the listen really exciting, and worthwhile. When that chorus hit, it was every bit of being buried alone in a booth in the back of a noodle house on cold rainy nights in a densely populated northern city. I personally remember going through difficult times, being poor, but listening to this, you really felt a strange mixture of hi-tech and low-life, glitzy and dancey but never shallow and ultimately quite uplifting. The slightly abrasive opening shuffle of "Market" has a warm human chorus buried inside the digital nanobites, and then things get moving even more with "Class", before they slowdown a tad with "Synkro", get slightly funky on "The Right Wing" which then morphs into the epic "Tessio". This is a high accomplishment in electronic dance music and is essential listening, especially on a good stereo so you can appreciate the dense, layered, incredibly detailed and alive production, bursting and glowing like crystals and night city lights.
auralistica

auralistica

September 9, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Vocalcity, CD, Album, Dig, FT14
• boy oh boy here comes another day of me wondering at this album. Vocalcity contains perhaps the most affecting, intimate, deeply emotional "house" music (treated in a Vladislav Delay way) I've ever listened to, with the stuggering, original, out-of-this-world level of production and hidden atmospheres. when it comes to attention to detail, it just doesn't get better than this. how often do you come across such a combo these days?? truly unique stuff, in a class of its own. a blindingly brilliant output by Sasu •
djlink18

djlink18

August 22, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Vocalcity, CD, Album, Dig, FT14
While i love almost all of Ripatti's work, this is truly a masterpiece.Dubby, dreamy house side soundscapes interwined with beautiful vocals.All tracks have a very warm, mellow feeling, especially Market and Tessio.I have been listening to this album for the last couple of months constantly and it just gets better and better each time i play it.

In my opinion this is the best album he made.Buy it, it will be the best money you spent in a long time...
dragons.mouth

dragons.mouth

June 22, 2010
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Vocalcity, 3x12", Album, FT14

Early Sasu Ripatti productions are the best: "Vocalcity", "Sistol" (as Sistol), "Vapaa Muurari" (as Uusitalo), "Multila" (as Vladislav Delay). All four albums were released around the same time and they all sound outstanding... meticulous yet raw, abstract yet accessible.

Be sure to check "Vapaa Muurari" - it's like an evil twin brother of "Vocalcity".
ghramsummers

ghramsummers

October 22, 2008
referencing Vocalcity, CD, Album, RE, HUUME04

Timeless album from a master of his craft, I wish Luomo could produce an album like this again. His new material doesn't compare to the landmark he made here, maybe not as commercially viable but that is what made it so good. It has everything you could ever fall in love with in deep music, dubby textures and an atmosphere created from a jazz players heart. After receiving a promo of the new Luomo album "Convivial" I have to wonder what happened to Luomo? "The Present Lover" was the first step in a commercial direction but "Paper Tigers" and this new one certify that the Luomo most of us fell in love with is now gone, bring him back please!

Phonomat

Phonomat

November 20, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Vocalcity, 3x12", Album, FT14
No less than a milestone! While Vladislav Delay claimed this dubby house-not-house record was a failure, fans begged to differ. It has an outlandish, dreamy quality that he never achieved in any of his later records in this intensity. Still the best Luomo tracks by far.
It's the original!
scoundrel

scoundrel

April 14, 2004
referencing Vocalcity, CD, Album, Dig, FT14

Vladislav Delay, perhaps better known for his ambient work, assumes his Luomo disguise for some epic deep house. And when I say epic, I mean it in the best way; these tracks take their time to develop fully, adding and subtracting elements, rather than just maximizing their time on the dancefloor. “Market,” the opening track, starts with a steady beat and some sweeping tech-house chords and doesn’t let go; “Synkro” has some whispery vocals floating atop the rhythms and submerged melodies. Even though the tracks are long they never lose either their intensity or their interest. The best track on <I>Vocalcity</I>, “Tessio,” continually morphs, bypassing the whole house jam and becoming something more of a meditation on house. “She-Center” closes the album with more of the deep and dark groove to which we’ve grown accustomed. An amazingly beautiful album.
stewwaman

stewwaman

March 7, 2004
referencing Vocalcity, CD, Album, Dig, FT14
I would imagine most people that understand this comment will already know Luomo, but think Basic Channel meets Theo Parrish, maybe with a touch of Herbert. Tracks on the CD are semi mixed so as to flow into one another. Highly innovative use of vocal samples and other motifs that twist, mutate, and flow in and out. Consistently high quality throughout. Superb.
Chris.Fahey

Chris.Fahey

December 16, 2018
edited over 17 years ago
referencing Vocalcity, CD, Album, Dig, FT14
Vladislav Delay is often lumped in with IDM, and his name gets dropped on the list quite a bit. His work previous to this album mostly falls into the minimal dub house tip, with emphasis on the minimal dub parts. On Vocalcity, he's shifted the balance of these ingredients towards the house side.

Six tracks, averaging about 12 minutes in length each, explore a variety of ways of taking house music (and make no mistake, if you didn't know that Luomo was a Chain Reaction alumnus, you would call this album a house record without blinking an eye) into new directions. And as the title suggest, there are lots of vocals.

Most tracks have a clear git-down groove that dominates the entirety of the track, with the central part of the track really laying it on for the dancefloor kids. What's so refreshing about the album is that, like any good house record, it is sexy, hot stuff. Most of it is not as fast as most house, but this makes it all the more hot-n-sweaty. The cool, laid back ambiance of dub and the alienation of minimalism permeate each track, more so usually in the second half where the groove starts to mutate and the vocals fall to bits. From minimalism, he uses the technique of making subtle changes in each measure, mostly by riding the effects instead of changing the samples/melodies. But I'd be hard pressed to call it minimal when it is so thick and rich. Smoky dub echoes, clicks-n-cuts electro percussions, and dark, deep throbbing basslines, oh my!

The vocalists are both men and women, and the lyrics are simple, suggestive, and delivered with sultry gusto. Mr. Delay seems to be able to really use his eponymous effect well on vocals (in traditional, old-school dub the echo effect is used to its greatest emotional effect when it is used on vocals).

Man this record is awesome. I am so happy to hear it, to hear heady electronic music experimentation applied with real passion and libido - instead of simply with cold purpose or mocking intent. This may be the record that finally teaches all of you who hate all house or hate all vocals just how incredibly wrong you really are.