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Robert Logan Cognessence Review

Album. Released 2007.  

BBC Review

...A journey through Logan's mind is clearly never going to be that straightforward.

Guy Hayden 2007

Like Photek before him, Robert Logan has discovered his dark side at a tender age and has found an electronic, yet very deep and curiously moving means of expression. The touchstones are there - Kraftwerk (natch), The Boards of Canada, Eno, Vibert, Photek, but they are really just signposts along the way, showing possible directions that give you a sense of knowing where you are and where you are going...but a journey through Logan's mind is clearly never going to be that straightforward.

Brooding, swirling, swathes of sound come at you from all directions, underpinned by some seriously deep base and twisting beats. But it never feels out of control or flabby. There is a rigorous standard to the programming and editing that exerts an incredible sense of control yet also allows real feelings to germinate and blossom in the listener - ranging from the paranoia of ''Lost Highway'' to the positively scary ''Budapest''. This is the link between the completely urban, dancefloor focused scenes of grime, ragga, dubstep and the industrial/suburban landscape of teenage bedrooms, twitching curtained cul-de-sacs and the discovery of the inner life.

The ability to create a dark, brooding ambience is nothing new, but the ability to take this and grow an organic world around it whilst pushing you almost...but not quite...onto the dancefloor marks out Robert Logan as something of a prodigy. Already drafted in to work on textures and beats for the next Grace Jones album, Robert Logan is a man that is already showing a maturity and a musical/textural understanding that many simply never find.

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