November 10, 2006

Dibaba - The Truth Blending Consortium

Plong! has always released interesting, irritating music, so Dibaba’s EP fits right at home on the label. The title track hints at an anthem-leaning Areal number or one of Denis Karimani’s electro-dirt disco destroyers, until the 80s pop-vocal comes in and gives proceedings a strangely conflicted feel. The net result sounds like the disquieting mash-up of a computer-game’s theme music and a forgotten ‘87 crooner hit, and for all I know, it is. Like Mark Twain once said about Wagner, “It’s not as bad as it sounds.” Anders Ilar’s remix lifts the Scandinavian sad-sack out of the usual glummery of his icy outings. It’s not only the happiest sounding thing Ilar has laid his knobs to, it also reins in some of the more irksome elements in the title track. The B-side reaches for the now well-worn “farty basslines” (see: “Human After All”) template common to ‘lectro ‘lovin clubbers to create a club-functional track with a growly ass. It hums and grinds, but doesn’t really buzz me.

Plong! / Plong! 22
[Peter Chambers]

March 31, 2005

Denis Karimani - War Es Nicht

The gloom-house of most Dial releases is in full-effect, with a healthy dose of click thrown in on the newest release from Denis Karimani. Karimani is a player in the Cologne scene, although he rarely seems to get his records out in bulk-one 12″ on Areal, Trapez, Dial, and Italic each. It’s hard to believe, as “War Es Nicht” is an incredibly self-assured slab of wax that moves from some abstract beginnings into a full-fledged banger by its end, all the while remaining defiantly catchy. The B-side opener “Pedestrian” is just that, but “Wahrheit” finishes up the 12″ nicely with a blossoming hook that never changes except in volume, eventually making its way to the forefront of the song.

Dial / dial 22
[Todd Burns]