Outburn 12 - May 00

100 years of low electrique art

The Wire - Feb 97

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Doppler 20:20
Art Electrique DCRD 007 1996 d_script
Furtive Mind
2:19
      Cantankerous 9:57
      Bed Spring 6:26
      Changing 2:18
      Dada 6:11
      Sine Gentlemen Please 6:28
      Seed 2:00
      Pang 1:35
      Diary of A Lost Man 4:44
      Sharp Shame 7:46
      Me in Carnation 9:23
      And Now Where 9:11
     
     
     
Outburn 12 - May 2000 - Audioclectica (Rodent EK)
With an analog ambience, tinkering electronic textures, and drum 'n' bass beats, this debut release from Martin Lee-Stephenson's Doppler 20:20 tints the audio airwaves with a wide, yet cohesive, array of captivating experimental tracks. While the stiff spitfire snares and bouncing ball electonics of "Changing" and "Diary of a Lost Man" are maddening, this well balanced album contains more accessible tracks such as "Sine Gentleman Please" and "Sharp Shame". But perhaps the strength of Art Electrique comes from the much more dub organc and occasionally creepy atmospheres of "And Now Where", "Cantankerous" and "Bed Spring". Like a sucessful artist's gallery showing, everyone will have their personal favourite from Art Electrique.
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100 years of low electrique art(gg)
London's Martin Lee-Stephenson is a prolific producer who appears to adopt a separate alias for each new concept. His solo and combo credits, including projects with pop singers, dub dissidents, world-music illuminati, and eccentric vocalists, make for quite a dossier.For those keeping track, Doppler 20:20 is one of Lee-Stephenson’s preferred pseudonyms—meaning only that he's used the name more than twice since the debut ART ELECTRIQUE. ART ELECTRIQUE defies easy characterization, but this tends to be a given with Lee-Stephenson's work. The album, created in part with Dave Milea and Law & Auder label cohort Phil Earle, is best approached as a single, evolving soundscape. Doppler 20:20's glittering, FX-laden digitalia morph into slippery ambient-techno environments ("Dada"), unsettling sample collages ("Cantankerous"), spiky, splintered breakbeat jolts ("Changing"), and lushly melodic drum-and-bass ("Sine Gentlemen Please" the wraith-riddled "Sharp Shame"). Eastern sensibilities and convoluted, dub-styled treatments infuse "Bed Spring," "Diary of a Lost Man","Me in Carnation" and "Seed". Lee-Stephenson seems intent on providing a complex and beguiling electronica experience rather than a cobbled-together collection of floor-filler trax. ART ELECTRIQUE succeeds, ending with "And Now Where", a dark, disorienting ambient construct and a question only Lee-Stephenson can answer.
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The Wire - February 1997(Rob Young)
Drenched in digital FX module obsessiveness, and clothed in a design by Mat Pyke (brother of Freeform's Simon) this ought by rights to fit squarely in the Worm Interface/Sheffield electronica camp. It does, only it's enriched by a germ of dub which seeds itself in tracks like "Bed Spring" and "Me In Carnation". "sine Gentleman Please" is a transcedent take on Aphex/Sqrpsr-style burp-beats, a tactic thta's rapidly losing its appeal. But inventive, tactile musical vision makes this worth seeking out.
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