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Bogdan Raczynski
Alright!
Rephlex

Rating: 9/10 ?


December 7, 2007
Bogdan Raczynski is finally back in play. It's been five long years since Renegade Platinum Mega Dance Attack Party, but the most innovative man in techno has finally crawled into the light with a new full-length album for 2007. Exuberantly titled Alright!, Raczynski's latest release has him, as was the case with its wordily-titled predecessor, throwing open the flood gates on his raveing insanity.

Fans of Raczynski's previous offerings will feel at home with Alright!, as it tables more of his insanely fast breaks and quirky samples, which have earned him a reputation as one of the best breakcore and jungle producers in the game. For anyone stepping to Raczynski's music for the first time, which unfortunately might be the lot of you plain-haired indie types, the best approach is to prepare for a love-it-or-hate-it situation.

Alright! is not only traditional Bogdan Raczynski, it is also a showcase of his evolution as an artist and producer. By melding old-school rave and original hardcore dance beats with new-school Eurodance influences, Raczynski manages to keep his sound fresh and alive after a half-decade out of the spotlight while retaining his signature sound. Where some artists stagnate, Raczynski experiments, and through all of the tinkering finds new ways to express himself as an artist.

Bogdan Raczynski is very well not suited for everyone; even those heavily into more mainstream electronica can have a hard time stomaching his hard edges. If, however, you do favor electronic dance music and harbor no fear of absurdly tight breaks, and you haven't already heard of Raczynski, picking up a copy of Alright! might prove to be a real treat. If you don't warm to him right away, chances are that Raczynski just needs what any other deeper, harder, sexier experiment needs; just be patient, give it another try, and before you know it, it will pop.

Oh, and if there's a bona-fide credential check going on for those considering Alright!, it bears mentioning that its been issued by Rephlex, the house where missteps are hard to find. Rephlex is tight, and they think Bogdan Raczynski is tight, which means he's one of the tightest artists out there. It's all very logical. And besides, how much fun is it to say Bogdan Raczynski over and over?

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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