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Out of Knowhere
Subject Detroit

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


May 23, 2007
A lot of what is nowadays referred to as "electronic music" is some kind of half-hearted hybrid of electronica and pop or rock. These genre marriages can be successful at times, but like most unions of convenience they are also prone to failure. Music's current state of affairs is rife with winners and losers - off the top of my head I can name The Postal Service, Depeche Mode and Datarock, among many others - but to a certain degree it is increasingly rare, with the trend's proliferation, to find an artist true to their roots. Rather than trying to renew him or herself within the boundaries of the sound of their preferred genre, too many artists take the low road and simply jam something together and hope that it sticks. But on occasion it is done right, as in the case of DJ Bone.

On Out of Knowhere, DJ Bone takes the listener on a very interesting journey through dance and house, introducing us to his soulful side while staying true to his roots as a techno artist. Being able to compose techno tracks - which are by their very nature fairly cold and hard - with this much heart and warmth is an incredible achievement in itself, and Bone pulls it off by merging subgenres handily. By creating a hybrid with a spine of techno that is covered in a soulful flesh of house, the formidable producer makes every single track sound interesting. When, at rare times, a cut gets bogged down and risks losing its grip, Bone's self-created aquatic drum samples come to the rescue.

True innovation within the boundaries of techno and house is increasingly rare, but tracks like "Activist," "Knowhere" and "Change" showcase Bone's stimulating and refreshing sound. Well balanced with exciting new ways to approach his genre's touchstones, Out of Knowhere is a solid album that finds DJ Bone staying true to his roots (the man is after all from Detroit) while still stepping out to experiment.

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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