Matthew DearLeave Luck To Heaven

Label:Spectral Sound – SPC-11
CD, Album
Style:Techno, Minimal, Electro House


1Nervous Laughter (Intro)2:41
3Just Us Now4:37
4The Crush4:43
5But For You5:14
6In Unbending4:35
7Dog Days5:53
8Huffing Stuff5:19
9Reason And Responsibility5:39
10You're Fucking Crazy4:44
11It's Over Now5:43
12Machete (Outro)0:27

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Mastered at Dubplates And Mastering, Berlin.

PC 2003 Spectral Sound / Ghostly International

Released in a Digipak.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 04297 99112 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 804297991122
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): CD45601 SPECTRAL
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L028
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 1009
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): + + A01 CD45601 SPECTRAL
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L028
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 1080
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): + + A01 CD45601 SPECTRAL
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI L028
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 1033

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  • TropicalDandy's avatar
    For those who don't know: 'Leave Luck to Heaven' is a rough translation of the word 'Nintendo'.
    • swil.wilson's avatar
      After all the rave reviews "Leave Luck to Heaven" got in the press, you'd think Matthew Dear was the biggest thing to happen to American techno since the Detroit masters (Mills, Banks, May, et al.) hit the scene. I can understand some of the negative reviews here, but rather than weak music, I think it's the inevitable let-down from all the hype.

      Dear's music has a distinctive shuffle built from short little clicks and pops; and while the sound is now fairly common, when he began composing, it wasn't nearly as prevalent and he still does it better than most. After so much pounding, bass-heavy techno, Dear is refreshingly light. I think that's a big part of the appeal. Some old school techno begins to wear on the ears after a while if you're just listening to it outside of a club environment, but this album seems to float along effortlessly, which in turn, leads to effortless listening.

      The one downside would have to be the vocals. Dear himself has said that he's no singer. If he admits it himself, why are there more and more vocals on his subsequent albums? Luckily, there are only a few and the songs don't really depend on the vocal quality. It's a minor criticism after all.

      Overall, this is a landmark debut that signals the arrival of a major new artist. Even after Backspace and Asa Breed, I'm still returning to Leave Luck to Heaven because it's just so great. As long as you can manage your expectations, I don't think you'll be disappointed. I'm recommending this broadly to all fans of electronic music. If you're a techno fan, owning this album is basically essential.
      • scoundrel's avatar
        Edited 18 years ago
        Matthew Dear’s first album, LEAVE LUCK TO HEAVEN, shows him exploring glitch house’s potential, managing to be experimental and danceable at the same time. From the layers of noise and hiss that skate atop “Fex” to the tech-throb of “The Crush,” Dear never lets you forget that you’re supposed to be grooving. For pure funky abstraction, turn to “In Unbending” or “Huffing Stuff,” each with disembodied voices. The processed lyrics add a touch of icy coldness, but don’t work in all cases. They sound narcoleptic amongst the thick dub of “Just Us Now”; they work to better effect on “But For You,” adding texture to the askew melody or on tongue-in-cheek “Dog Days.” Dance ‘til it hurts.


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