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DEPTH AFFECT
Arche-Lymb

MOULIN011
Autres Directions In Music 2006
13 Tracks. 48mins10secs

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The French hip-hop scene is one of the most productive in the world, yet it often remains confined to French-speaking territories. Paris-based Depth Affect have adopted a different approach by choosing to focus on largely instrumental hip-hop-infused electronica and concentrate on refining their sound and find the right angle for their music to become totally universal.

Formed in September 2004 in Lorient, Brittany, a town better known for its maritime heritage than for its contribution to music, Depth Affect is a quartet comprising two musicians, one DJ and one VJ. The band released a first download-only EP, Mesquin, on Autres Directions In Music in 2004, and have, since, relentlessly toured and recorded. The result, Arche-Lymb, is a rather impressive slab of acerbic cut’n’paste electronica sprinkled with an extra helping of chunky hip-hop bits. The format might not be original, but the band certainly know how to make a mark. What they do, they do very well. The album opens with the rather inviting and playful Honey Folky, and Depth Affect instantly set the tone. Full of twists, turns, false starts and glorious endings (at least three), this track is like a food processor that’s gone into overdrive, a maelstrom of ideas. It is at once fresh as pop and gritty as West-Coast hip-hop, yet it has nothing to do with either. As the album progresses and Depth Affect stick more of their wacky tracks on the walls of the listener’s imagination, the plot thickens. This tastes of folk, but folk it ain’t, that feels like techno, but it is too fucked up… Depth Affect play with their audience, and one would be ill-advised to try and dissuade them. With lyrical backing from Cyne (One Day Or So) and Anticon’s Alias (the stunning Wyoming Highway), Depth Affect build a very personal sonic universe in which glitches and breaks cohabit in perfect harmony. Whatever the quartet throw themselves into, they manage to make total sense of it.

There are traces of Wagon Christ, Boom Bip or DJ Vadim to be found scattered all over Arche-Lymb, but the band create a very personal sound and manage to remain consistent all the way through, despite constantly jumping from one genre to the next. Depth Affect expertly juxtapose flavours and mix emotions to come up with the most colourful and rich combinations. Arche-Lymb doesn’t pretend to be a clever record but it ends up being more pertinent than most.

4.2/5

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TRACKLIST

Honey Folky
One Day Or 50
One Micron Bar Head
Blinzeln Blume
Oeroebducykar B-Boy
Sarah Carbone
Vladgorythm Suicide
OD-MF-Side
Wyoming Highway
Castor's Lesson
Dani Guimauve
Vegetable Valley
Velvet And Carolina

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