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  • Vinyl (November 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HYPERDUB
  • ASIN: B00438L8FQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With their first long player, Darkstar have produced an album many bands with far more experience and many more releases and under their belt can only dream of. Downbeat, breezy, sometimes melancholy, sometimes just plain sad, at others optimistic and affirming, and always gracefully elegant, North will surprise many, a classic record for short days and long nights.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 19, 2010
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"North" is the full length debut release by UK electronic music duo Darkstar, and the 10 tracks meander brilliantly through woozy ("In The Wings"), glitch downbeat (the Jazzy "Gold", a slowed down Human League cover), to bouncier fare (the robotic "Aidy's Girl Is A Computer").

Featuring the soft vocals of James Buttery, dark and icy synths, and beats that go any direction at the drop of a hat, the results are stunning. "Deadness" is a swirling affair with jabs of bass, "Under One Roof" haunting with sputtering beats and emotive vocals, "Two Chords" spare and glitchy with forlorn vocals (sounding as if sung down a phone line from space), "North" with martial electronic beats and a backdrop that rises and rises, the haunting instrumental "Ostkruez", the waltzy "Dear Heartbeat", and the bleak "When It's Gone".

If you like Röyksopp, The Chemical Brothers, or Underworld, this should be right up your alley. Absolutely phenomenal!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Great Blog In The Sky on March 17, 2011
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How do you feel when one of your favorite bands releases a new album of totally uncharacteristic material and really pulls the rug out from under you? I guess the most obvious question: do you like it? Some bands don't change (see: our Interpol review) and stagnation becomes their undoing. Some bands move in a direction that clearly isn't as ground-breaking (see: our Underworld review). Thankfully, however, some embrace the process of re-invention with spectacular results (see: every single Radiohead album). When U2 released Achtung Baby 4 years after their decidedly different Americana magnum opus Joshua Tree, I'm sure they lost a few twangy fans, but can't we now say that Achtung is one of their best albums - and perhaps one of the best albums of that decade?

This may all sound a bit heavy for Darkstar, a fledgling English duo known mostly for one single (Aidy's Girl is a Computer) that just happened to be released on one of the most influential electronic music labels in the UK (Hyperdub) in 2009, but we've gotta start somewhere. Darkstar, alongside the likes of Burial and Joker on the 5 Years of Hyperdub compilation, introduced the masses to what dubstep (the term used very loosely) might be if it weren't created for 16-yr old ketamine ravers and instead soundtracked your company-sponsored flight to LV-426 to exterminate a dangerous xenomorph.

Onto the album then. Those expecting Burial's schizoid two-step or Joker's "Tron" will be very disappointed. North is extraordinarily dark and brooding and only the aforementioned "Aidy's Girl..." could be construed as remotely danceable. But that's not what these blokes were aiming for.
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Format: Vinyl
A nice calm wakeup tune. Listened this-morning with a cup of Irish Breakfast Tea. a soft voice with delicate easy-to-sing-along-to melodies over a minimal rhythm and house beats. will stay in my rotation crate for a while. see also Richard Davis and Mathew Dear.
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