Digitalism – ‘I Love You Dude’ // ALBUM REVIEW

Digitalism are back! After 7 long years Digitalism the German techno pioneers have returned with ‘I Love You Dude’ and it’s about time, ‘Idealism’ a fantastic debut album made Digitalism immediately popular and respect in the techno/dance music world.Now back again with the colourful ‘I Love You Dude’ album Digitalism are really making a noise.

The album opens with ‘Stratosphere’ a track with heavy Daft Punk influence and a good way to kick start the album and a very good displace of their Daft Punk influence. The second track is the first single ‘2 Hearts’. Its starts very relaxed and builds up to a techno blast, and the vocals sound like a Feeder song (which is a good thing for some reason). ‘2 Hearts’ is the most commercial you will see Digitalism, but this is understandable for their first single they do need to make an impact. ‘Circles’ is one of their weaker tracks a tune which isn’t very catchy heavy bass which sounds messy when the song is in full flow, but still Digitalism deliver, the start is interesting and towards the end of the track it also picks things back up again, however the majority doesn’t quite live up to the expectations the first two tracks create. ‘Blitz’ was on a Kitsuné Maison album and immediately grabbed my attention, considering this was a bad Kitsuné album ‘Blitz’ stood out vividly. With the same Daft Punky vibe as ‘Stratosphere’,’Blitz’ is another great track which makes this album a lot more worth it. ‘Forrest Gump’ is the next track and once again Digitalism have blown us alway. Julian Casablancas’s contribution to this song has a very strong impact on you it sounds sort of like one of his solo songs, obviously a lot more dancey but nevertheless this track still has a powerful hint of something Strokesy making this probably the most memorable song. ‘Reeperbahn’ isn’t very good, sorry boys but your taking things a bit too far with the heavy techno things with this one it just sounds like WWE wrestlers introduction music. ‘Antibiotics’ is also a techno based song with no vocals but isn’t quite as messy as ‘Reeperbahn’ so it’s not as harmful on your ears, still best to avoid. ‘Just Gazin’’ is a softer track purely because of the female voices. The synthesised acoustic guitar is fine but the melody it’s playing reminds me too much of Coldplay’s ‘Clocks’ but this is one of the better tracks and still worth a listen. ‘Miami Showdown’ sounds like ‘Derezzed’ and is very Tron like it definitely creates the mood of a showdown so is probably a good song to get you pumped up. The song is very high in adrenaline so it is exciting and does add something to the album. ‘Encore’ is good exciting, happy, danceable one of the more interesting tracks but again no vocals. I liked ‘I Love You Dude’, liked not loved, it definitely isn’t up to scratch with ‘Idealism’ but is still good, i think it’s just the lack of vocals toward the end of the album leaving a chunk of boredom and making you appreciate it less.


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