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Digitalism -Live- (Kitsune Music, Cooperative Music) @ Batschkapp - Frankfurt (16.11.2011)

Digitalism -Live- (Kitsune Music, Cooperative Music) @ Batschkapp - Frankfurt (16.11.2011)

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I Love You Dude is the second studio album by German electronic duo Digitalism, released in Germany on 17 June 2011 by V2 Records. The song "Forrest Gump" was co-written by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes.

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All right, I am just halfway through the recording and I can tell you that I love it! Wow, came as a fresh relief from the abstract electronic out there. Great vibe and for sure something that will bounce in my speakers and headphones for a good while. Cheers for another great cast!

Evil Concussion

Digitalism has never recorded under false pretenses. It’s always been about sounding like the French house music that recklessly emphasizes funk and hip-hop. They have also never been shy about transcending the commonplace in a live setting, leaving much of what they did in the studio behind for a bigger, bolder sound. So, it should come as no surprise that on their sophomore LP the sounds are exponentially more voluminous, far beyond that of their previous studio output.

Enter I Love You Dude, the follow-up to Idealism. Jens Moelle and Ismail Tuefekci have effectively reached their destination, but perhaps not in the way they had intended. The grandeur is only slightly greater than it was before, but they’ve discovered a certain pop sensibility that was previously absent. And not only have they discovered this attribute about themselves, but they have honed in on that particular trait and made it the focus of the entire album.

Take the lead single, “2 Hearts”, as an outstanding example. The production on this track (and really 4/5ths of the album) is more precise. There are no weak points like there were in days past. And they’ve added more to their game, most noticeably highly potent vocals. From the moment Moelle sings, “A touch too much, too soon” on this track, it’s obvious that filling the shoes of yet another Justice look-alike is not in the cards for Digitalism. This album is as electronic as it is pure pop. The album hinges on its vocal arrangements and at times its verse/chorus mentality.

Don’t believe that they could have combined their signature experimental electronics with pop smarts? Take just the fact that the album’s climactic track, “Forrest Gump”, was co-written by Strokes man Julian Casablancas (via email, apparently) as your proof. Casablancas lives for the simplicity of the verse/chorus aesthetic, and here he is helping Digitalism along their way.

Digitalism soars in this newly entered electro-pop realm. From the heroin-level addicting chorus of “Circles” to the Airy (capitalization intentional) “Just Gazin’”, the band is reminiscent of a younger Cut Copy. The vocals are clean, the sampling is impeccable, and the music is catchy as hell. And really, what more can you ask of a duo who set out to create picture-perfect soundscapes? Truly, Digitalism has taken a step in the right direction.