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Dabrye One/Three Review

Album. Released 11 June 2001.  

BBC Review

down, funk fuelled ten track odyssey that will get you shaking your thing on your...

Olli Siebelt 2002

Dabrye main man Tadd Mullinix has been wowing crowds and DJs alike in his hometown of Detroit for a little while now, gaining notoriety for not only his excellent ragga/jungle releases under his SK-1 moniker, but for his elegantly crafted modern electronica crafted under his own name.

Signing to the stylishly adventurous US based Ghostly International label about a year ago, this new release sees a new side project and a new sound for 2002. On this first of three planned releases under the name of Dabrye, Mullinix has abandoned his glitchy layered sound for a stripped down, funk fuelled ten track odyssey that will get you shaking your thing on your living room table before the first track is even over. We guarantee it.

Effortlessly blending instrumental hip-hop, 8-bit analogue and beds of ambient synths, One/Three bounces and swings along with all the swagger of a drunken pimp yet has all the grace and poise of a ballet dancer. From the gorgeously evolving saxophone sample on The Lish to the cut up vocoder loop on Smoking The Edge, you can read the influences here like you were reading off the ingredients list to making a fantastic gourmet cake: 80s electro, old-school hip-hop, abstract techno and of course good old fashioned Detroit funk.

Mullinix has brilliantly captured his influences and has thrown them into a kaleidoscopic playground of sound, where they all seem to be having a really good time together. Interestingly enough, Mullinix says his main influences are people like Terry Riley, Gavin Bryars and Phillip Glass. Perhaps its these influences (along with the fact that hes a classically trained cellist) that makes his beats so hauntingly gorgeous. Either way - hes doing something right and I suspect well be hearing a lot more from the boy before the year is out.

One/Three is easily one of our favourite releases of the year thus far on one of the most promising labels coming from the US today. If you like your beats with a dash of class, do not miss this. An essential purchase of the highest order.

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