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Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe

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1. Eye Contact
2. It's Your Love
3. Moonlight Rendezvous
4. You Said You Want Me
5. Let Me Be Me
6. Running From Love
7. Lifestyles Of The Casual
8. Sunrays

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B00005O7WH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A suprisingly personal message in a bottle from the water warrior...
This album was the beginning of legendarily secretive Electro enigma Drexciya's opening to the outside world. As the album was planned as one of seven "storms" in a row (the others, all released on different labels due to the artist's "interdimensional wavejumping" capabilities, are Drexciya's "Harnessed The Storm" and "Grava 4", two Transllusion albums, a Shifted Phases album, and a Lab Rat XXL album that has not been and might never be released), one of the minds behind the band gave a series of personal interviews (including a talk with the wonderful Liz Copeland on WDET fm) on the new concept, and a big local newspaper published an article with previously unexpected personal details. Few months later James Marcel Stinson suffered a lethal heart attack and left a terrible gap in the music world.
"The Other People Place" stands out from the other "storms" and the artist's opus in general as the most friendly-minded work, phasing the hectic and anger of Drexciya into moody, sometimes slightly kinky daydreams of, simply and plainly, positive things like romance and enjoying sunshine.
It has nothing to do with dancefloor techno or trance the way most Americans outside Detroit know it, it hardly bears any inheritance from 80s cowbell Electro anymore, and has nothing to do with trip hop trends, either. Although the drum rhythms are "off the shelf" with the artist's repertoire, the pace is a bit slower, and with all the fluffy synth surroundings they get so sleepy and heavy at times that you'll almost automatically relax.
It's just hypnotic electronic music with a romantic mood and a bit of danceable kink, most souvereignly executed and at times emitting a kind of warmth otherwise only found in jazz. Whatever your age and way of life is, if that seems even a tiny bit interesting, buy this CD and hear for yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scoundrel on February 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
If you lived in a laptop cafe, this is what it'd be like. And LIFESTYLES OF THE LAPTOP CAFE, The Other People Place's only album release, straddles techno, electro and house with the greatest of ease. Whether you like things dark and deep ("Eye Contact") or with a smidge of romance ("It's Your Love"), the not-quite-there vocals add a fascinating texture. The songs are simple, but never simplistic, an important distinction to make. "Let Me Be Me" crashes so many styles that its title becomes an appropriate mantra. "Sunrays" closes out the album with more cohesive lyrics, but the warmth and the groove is what comes through most clearly. This is a lifestyle worth living.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By UGeneGreen on March 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
T.O.P.P. has always been one of my favorite Drexciya side projects.Its some the last work of Drexciya done with James Stinson(RIP).This is a straightforward smooth detroit electro influenced album full of jazzy, atmospheric melodies,spacey sound effects, and eerie repetetive vocals, all about love of course. IMO its the most easily accessible Drexciya album for those not familiar with the duo.Playable all the way through and great for nighttime listening(it really isnt the same listening to this album in the daytime)I recommend getting this one especially while it is still in print at a reasonable price. All of Drexciya and side projects with James Stinson are collectors items since he is deceased(Its also some very good techno that is emulated to this day by artists worldwide). If you get this and like the Drexciya sound or you just want to complete the storm series get Shifted Phases,Drexciya-Harnessed The Storm,Abstract Thought,Lab Rat XL,and the 2 Transllsuion releases-I think they are all available on Amazon. Great Stuff.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Derek J. Power on September 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A bit of a stretch yes...
The latest addition to the Warp label debuts with "Lifestyles of the Laptop Café" with their Detroit techno sound. Enough of that nonsense, time for my own words.
Each songs showcases their various traits, including a fascination with manipulated speech patterns to create... not quite a "MacinYorke" effect or even a Prefuse73 effect but just different. One could complain that it gets too repetitive for its own sake but after all, isn't all techno based on that incontrovertible fact?
I gave it four stars because I haven't given it enough time to let it grow and it's doesn't quite stand out compared to the other I have recently obtained (especially from Warp). But because it's from Warp, I'll definitely give it my high praise (after all I haven't heard a really bad Warp album).
If you want something off the beaten path, go for it.
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1 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Brandon D. on April 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
For starters, this is straight up repetitive techno. It is not inspiring, it is not interesting, it is not innovative, and it is not very atmospheric. Overall its boring tripe. Nothing here that hasn't been done before and I'm very dissapointed in Warp for releasing this, its almost a slap in the face after hearing Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, and Squarepusher. If you want some good decent techno, check out Juno Reactor or Speedy J.
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