Anyone going into FaltyDL’s new album Hardcourage expecting a continuation of the old-school dubstep and UK-garage inflections of You Stand Uncertain could be in for a shock. In less than two years since he released that previous album, Drew Lustman has pared down the elaborate drum programming and aimed an already airy sound even further into the territory of minimal and tech house. That doesn’t make it any less malleable, however: There’s still plenty of space for elaborate melodies and percussive interplay. The album breaks out of usual genre lines here and there: “Stay I’m Changed” is a Factory-direct synthpop meditation, while the clanky swing of “Re Assimilate” calls up memories of German techno’s schaffel moment. But Hardcourage is at its best when it lets the 4/4 pulse run free, like it does through the glitchy soul vocal-driven “Straight & Arrow” or the bucolically high-strung closer “Bells.”
By Andrew Parks on 09.05.14 in News
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By Andrew Parks on 08.12.14 in Features
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By Andy Battaglia on 08.11.14 in Reviews
FaltyDL got his start around 2007 mining the subtler sides of dubstep and all-inclusive "bass music," and has remained one of the more interesting practitioners of the forms since. Based in New York, his sound travels fr...
By Louis Pattison on 10.21.14 in News
Where in the past, The Bug’s Kevin Martin has been best known for bringing the noise, his new album Angels & Devils does more than batter bass-bins. Taking a dualist approach, the album’s first half is on a more dreamy,...