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Idealism

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15-track debut album. Digitalism's debut album 'Idealism' is already one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. Although it's still early days, the Hamburg-based duo have three EPs under their belt (released on the Franco-Japanese label Kitsun‚, and featuring "Zdarlight", one of last year's hottest club anthems) plus several critically acclaimed remixes (of tunes by Depeche Mode, Klaxons and Daft Punk, among others). Digitalism has built itself a solid reputation and stands ready to ride the new electro wave currently breaking over dance floors worldwide (sparked by Justice, Does It Offend You Yeah?, MSTRKRFT, Simian...). Digitalism's own, ever-evolving gig set-up is becoming less like a porta-studio on stage, and more like a band set-up incuding live vocals and drums. This side of the band is set to grow even more this year. There has not been an electronic act with the potential to cross over on such a scale since the Chemical Brothers. It's been a long wait! EMI. 2007.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Magnets
  2. Zdarlight
  3. I want I want
  4. Idealism
  5. Digitalism in Cairo
  6. Departure from Cairo
  7. Pogo
  8. Moonlight
  9. Anything new
  10. The pulse
  11. Home zone
  12. Apollo-Gize final mix
  13. Jupiter approach
  14. Jupiter room
  15. Echos


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000N87X4U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,789 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jamie Hensley on January 18, 2008
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Personally, techno has to be really great in order for me to buy it. After seeing Digitalism's video for 'Pogo' I was hooked right away. The catchy song is impossible to get out of your head. Looking for good beats? Check out the album's first track 'magnets'. The beats pulse in your vanes, driving you to dance. I highly recommend this to any dance/techno fan.
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I'm glad I found Digitalism. It's definitely a more upbeat party-type of electronic music, and I absolutely love it. If you like Daft Punk you'll totally love this. I'm trying to figure out for myself if I actually like it more...
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Yeah, I know that isn't a word, but I have German duo Digitalism and their album Idealism in front of me, so I thought I'd just add another -ism to fit in. Anyway, this album is pretty solid.

I don't know why, but when I first heard the name Digitalism, I thought it referred to an underground rapper. At any rate, there are nice danceable tracks like "Jupiter Room", "Zdarlight" (good luck trying to pronounce that) and "The Pulse". And while the cut-up sample of the Cure's "Fire in Cairo" for "Digitalism in Cairo" seems a little lazy, its counterpart "Departure from Cairo" fares much better.

I didn't really care for the opening track "Magnets" either. While I think it's too soon to compare Digitalism to Daft Punk, Idealism is still ideal for fans of house music.

Anthony Rupert
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Rough around the edges, but stronger for it, Digitalism's debut IDEALISM treads after Daft Punk with eager steps. "Magnets," for instance, layers the vocoders under the influence of heavy electro, retaining a harmonic element all the while. "Zdarlight" carries an obvious homage to the Motorbass co-founder in the title and the driving beat, while "I Want I Want" lets the rock elements carry the energy. The acid electro is reminiscent a bit of Alter Ego, but their influences also range to New Order and LCD Soundsystem on "Pogo." They bounce back and forth between rock and electronics, ever restless, and that perhaps keeps the album interesting. The chanting on "Homezone," for instance, shakes up the proceedings, while "Echoes" takes things back out on the electro note. Digital, yes. Ideal? Not quite, but getting close.
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I think this CD is great. Sure, some songs are not that good, but some like magnets, anything new, the pulse and echoes are really worth the while. I like the acid electro-punk side those songs have.

I'm definitely keeping an eye on this group.
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This is one of my favorite albums of all time. Because of how detailed each track's compositions are, and how well they mesh together the different sounds/genres in each track. I will always love this album.
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With their debut album Idealism, Digitalism has already crafted a fun and catchy electronic sound with plenty of entertaining beats and delightfully noisy synthesizers reminiscent of the sound pioneered by Daft Punk, and later continued by bands such as Justice. Unlike these other bands, however, Digitalism has a number of tunes on their album featuring non-computerized vocals which often are featured overtop of more disco-oriented beats that are just as danceable and enjoyable as the instrumental pieces. Many of the tunes are playful with fuzzy electronic rhythm sequences and a simple beat to back them, making for an addicting sound which provides for plenty of memorable tracks. Among my favorites were the brief but funky jam "Home Zone", the mystic, eerie track "Jupiter Room", and "Zdarlight" (though I prefer the shorter version). In my opinion, this album has very few flaws and I would rate it four and a half stars. The only improvement I might hope to see in this band as I continue to listen to their future releases is that their style may modify just slightly enough to distinguish their sound even further from their probable Daft Punk influences, yet while keeping their tunes as catchy as ever. I would be interested to see what direction they could take to build even further uniqueness; for me that would only add to their appeal.
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Firstly, a few words on my general tastes: Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Elbow are a few names to give you a general idea. So this is not a review from a fan of electronic music.
But I needed something to work out to that was often wordless. Idealism by Digitalism, along with Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem, have been the two mainstays for working out. Digitalism is especially great. I've tried out Daft Punk, Justice, MSTRKRFT, as those seem like the most suggested groups for Digitalism fans, but none of them are on the level of idealism. This is a five star not on a pure musical level, but for its ability to push me every time I work out.
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