- Audio CD (September 30, 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Astralwerks
- ASIN: B000003RZF
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
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Unlike other electronic bands, Fluke has a real guitarist, a vocalist and traditional song structures to their music. With huge guitar loops and growling vocals, they will appeal to everyone from NIN to Marilyn Manson. Risotto has 10 tracks, including the
Fluke first gained notoriety in the early 1990s with singles like "Joni" and "Pearls of Wisdom," songs that infused hummable pop sensibilities into credible underground dance music. Their lighthearted songs and showy live PAs stood out in a scene dominated by faceless producers and music that was, at best, opaque. Unfortunately, they were too far ahead of their time. Years later, Techno has become "Electronica," stage shows and vocals are now the norm, and the aesthetic of a band like Fluke makes more sense than ever. On 1997's Risotto, they borrow heavily from the rulebook laid out by Underworld, working a series of deep and distorted grooves into a sound that's more AC/DC than Tangerine Dream. But unlike their contemporaries, Fluke have a solid understanding of simple verse/chorus/verse pop music and a broad emotional range. Fans of Underworld will appreciate vocal tracks like "Absurd" and "Atom Bomb," but Fluke's diversity and inventiveness is best shown on the narcotized and spacious "Bermuda" and the smooth drum and bass of "Setback." --Matthew Corwine
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I saw the video for "Atomic Bomb" on MTV back in '97 when you could still watch
videos in the middle of the day. It was on the show "Amp" or something like that.
I remember seeing and hearing "Firestarter" from Prodigy at about that time, but it
was the fast-paced, anime-like video from Fluke that really caught me. The tracks
"Absurd" and "Atomic Bomb" start the album off with a hard, electronic-techno
drive and then the name "Risotto" comes into play: a mix of ingredients. A more
ambient, techno sound mixes with the beats. It took me a few listens to slip into
this album, mostly because their album Puppy grabbed me more quickly. Not done
with this one yet. Best for driving.
THIS is what electronic music should be. Deep, multi-layered compositions. Songs that build to a forceful climax. A groove so infections that if it doesn't make you move at least one part of your body, you must be either dead or paralyzed. Songs that actually justify their length. Unlike other electronic artists who are lazy and let their machines do all the work for them, Fluke understand the need for a song to develop and progress through its length. And unlike typical "House" music, it needn't be listened to solely in a club. Listen carefully, and you'll be able discern the different layers and melodies of each track that only become apparent after several listens.
This isn't cheesy pop-electronica; rather, the music on Risotto takes a darker tone than most, with futuristic, evil-sounding sonic landscapes. Interestingly, it does not lend itself to categorization. Fluke is not really house, but neither does it fall into trance, techno, breakbeat, or any of the other millions of categories of electronic music. They aren't afraid to vary their styles, either. Opening tracks "Absurd" and "Atom Bomb" are fast-paced and aggressive, while tracks like "Bermuda" and "Kitten Moon" are much slower and with more "chill out" ambience than others. If there's one criticism, it's track sequencing. The best tracks are frontloaded, causing the album to peak early, although that's a highly relative statement, as there are no real "bad" tracks on the album.
1. Absurd - Thundering opening track, with a strong, hard baseline that simply makes you want to move. Also features gravelly vocals from Jonathon Fugler, with throughly nonsensical lyrics. A+.
2. Atom Bomb - First used in the Playstation game Wipeout XL, and countless other movies and video games, Atom Bomb is easily the standout track on Risotto. Hard, fast, and infinitely danceable. Fluke accomplish in nearly six minutes what lesser artists (*coughcough Oakenfold coughcough*) could never accomplish in their career. A+
3. Kitten Moon - Fluke shifts gears for a slower, more trance-like number. Despite its nine-minute length, it never grows stale or repetitive. A+
4. Mosh - Aptly named; a track that you might actually be able to mosh or headbang to. This is an actually a remix of a track from the previous album "Oto" but as par for Fluke, it sounds very little like the original at all. A+
5. Bermuda - A slow groove, probably the slowest on the track, with a more dub-like feel. It tends to get a bit repetitive after a while, but thankfully doesn't wear out it's welcome. B+
6. Setback - The album picks up speed again, this time with a breakbeat-style track, with Crystal Method-esque drums and ethereal ambience. A-
7. Amp - A Big-beat style track that begins rather plainly, but slowly builds and builds until it reaches a forceful climax in typical Fluke style. A+
8. Reeferendum - A bit of a weaker track, being somewhat repetitive and too similar to "Setback". Would not be bad for play at a club, but feel free to skip this one. B-
9. Squirt - A remix from Oto, with sort of an eerie, drum-n-bass vibe running through it. Sadly, it doesn't really go anywhere during it's length. B-
10. Goodnight Lover - Starts off slow, but then builds into a forceful, James Bond-like melody. Illustrates everything that makes Fluke so great, and a great way to end the album. A+
It seems sad that artists like Fluke get little to no press, while other electronic musicians who churn out nothing but derivative cheese get all the fame. By all means get this CD, even if you just want to see how many car commercials the tracks have been used in.
Yeah, Fluke's later album, "Puppy", was cool. "Xmas Demos", was cool (if you're one of the handful of people who own it.. [I'm one! =)]). "Oto" and "6 Wheels..." etc, etc are interesting as dated contemporary examples of their genre... but none stand up the way "Risotto" does.
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Wow. And of course Atom Bomb is similar in effect.