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Mirko Loko
Cadenza Records

Album CD
Out: 06-07-2009
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Including a whatpeopleplay.com-exclusive Dub Tool! It's always a special event when Cadenza releases an artist album, given their relative rarity. In fact, not counting copious doublepacks, the
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Including a whatpeopleplay.com-exclusive Dub Tool! It's always a special event when Cadenza releases an artist album, given their relative rarity. In fact, not counting copious doublepacks, the Cadenza Contemporary 01 mix CD, and Ricardo Villalobos' counterintuitively titled Achso EP, there has only been one so far: Los Updates' First If You Please.   Making things even more special, Mirko Loko's Seventynine is both his debut solo album and his first appearance on Cadenza, all adding up to a triply celebratory moment. Not that Mirko is a newcomer: as part of Lazy Fat People, he lapped up accolades for releases on Border Community, Wagon Repair and Carl Craig's Planet E, among others. And no one can forget last year's Family EP, a collaborative effort by Mirko and Luciano, released on Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich's Desolat.   Now, with Seventynine, Mirko takes us even deeper into his musical imagination, introducing listeners to a side of him they may not have heard before. At its heart, the album celebrates the communal ideal of dance music with spirited, percussive tracks offering a clear distillation of what could only be described as the Cadenza sound. But Mirko also diverges from the dance floor, ducking into shadowy corners in search of more private emotions. Rather than scattering energy, that tension between moods helps bind the album into a potent, coherent whole.   "Sidonia" opens, immediately announcing that this won't be merely business as usual. With its groaning sub-bass and flickering percussive flashes, the track echoes the dubby, drifting melancholy of classic Warp records—always, in truth, a key influence for Cadenza. Bells and voices lend an atmosphere of shimmering energy that's carried over into "Around the Angel," which sails jubilantly forward, propelled by intricate polyrhythms and uplifting female vocals.  "Love Harmonic" returns its attention to a classic, melodic sound inspired equally by Detroit and Sheffield, as lean drum-machine patterns entwine with loping congas, and lush strings color everything delicate shades of yellow and rose.  "On Fire" marks a 180-degree turn, pursuing a scorched-earth policy as blasts of white noise fire off slow, rhythmic bursts. Sirens and electronic squeals only add to the tension, culminating in nearly nine minutes of techno intensity. After that, "Astral Vacuum" offers necessary respite via a short, beatless passage of strings and abstract sound, before Mirko takes us once again into the breach with "Bluebook,“ a lean, focused groove battered by metallic drums and shot through with voices and bleeps ripped from radio transmissions. (So this, you may think, is how it feels to ride a satellite.) "Shadow" is deep and melancholic, with a booming 808 kick underpinning ragged, gleaming chords and frayed strings; its hard, mineral edge provides the perfect setup for the cottony flux of "Tahktok." The children's chant will doubtless draw comparisons to Ricardo Villalobos' "Enfants," but here childlike innocence turns ambiguous, even sinister, as the repetitions rise over a primal beat; scraps of Bulgarian folk song give the track a weirdly timeless quality, strange and familiar all at once. With "Le Monologue d'Orfeu," Mirko returns to one of his endlessly unspooling, headlong grooves. Spinning like a water wheel, limpid tones wash gently over everything, and a long spoken passage in hushed Portuguese falls over the music like a dream's veil. It's just one of the album's many examples of Mirko's talent for simplicity, for stripping back to reveal the essence of a particular feeling. "Altrove" is another cinematic interlude, two minutes of molten strings and electronic birdcall you wish could go on forever. But there's one more dance to be had: "You Know Where," which rises from a wooden, skippy rhythm into a string-laden celebration of techno at its most melodic. Having twice performed at DEMF, "You Know Where" might well refer to the Motor City; in any case, its deep, sung/grunted bassline serves as the warm, pulsing heart for this massive, man/machine mover. It's a glorious finish to an album that never takes its eyes off the horizon, sending it up, over and beyond.   Seventynine is ultimately all about the journey, as it travels between Lausanne, Detroit and outlying points on electronic music's map. Mirko's travelogue bridges the gap between a classic Motor City influence and Cadenza's own nomadic aesthetic, firing up dance floors and fueling the imagination.

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DJ Comments (46)

Whatpeopleplay's Bodo

its a cadenza - means realy exquisite stuff


nice piece of work by mirko. all tracks are beautifull. shadow and love harmonic seem my pick for now.


'you know where' 'around the angel' and 'bluebook' are for me. will surely play those ones

Matthew Dear

Beautiful artist album...


nice LP. my favorite tracks are tahktok, shadow and on fire

Stacey Pullen

"you know where" is my top fav but the album as a whole really works as well. will support

Nick Curly

nice one from Mirko...full support!

2000 And One

Nice melodic and various sounds on this album. so far i like "On Fire" and "You Know Where". I will like more if i liten to it more often.

Robert Dietz

beautiful album, love it.

Matt John

excellent !!

Onur Ozer

great album ! super musical and lively !

Mathias Kaden

great album from mirko....very interesting for me!!!thanks

Davide Squillace

got this alreaday...full support!

i love it!!

DJ Deep

Excellent album.

Someone Else

pretty cool.

Someone Else

pretty cool.

Magazin - Proud // Till Kolter

cadenza is back!


really nice package!! super trippy music, have to go through it..thx.

Magazine - OurHouse // Dean Facer

overall, NICE!!

Franck Roger


Margaret Dygas

Bluebook eye like / Shadow largeroom / LeMonologue d'Orfeu...getting hot in here! thankz Morkoz :)

Derrick May

Thanks! Will try


it's hard to pick up the best track.
i like the whole album.
great job!!

Oleg Poliakov

very nice produced. subtile house, love it !
congratz !

Magazine - eq-mag.co.uk / Telford

Some really nice tracks on here - Love Harmonic, Tahktok & le Monologue d'Orfeu sounding fresh.

Shlomi Aber

some very nice cuts in here

Cesar Merveille

A beautifull release all together. Love the ambient and dancefloor tracks and will definitely play. Thank you Mirko!

Bloody Mary

merveilleuse ballade


nice album to listen to.

Ian Pooley

this is a very nice album . I'm a fan of the more "obscure" tracks , like e.g. "tahtock" . The Killer Tracks is "Le Monologue d'orfeu" ; will play it all the time!!


absolutely sublime stuff. a quality album that i'll be listening to for a long time.

Adam Beyer

nice album! Cadenza has really found it´s own unique sound. It´s like electronic world music, i never been a big fan of world music but i really like Cadenza. every track somehow is like a beutiful messy painting.

Radio - Triangle Fm // Laurent N.

Very good Album !!! Fucking Great Stuff.
Full support.
I'll play them for sure.

Blog - Inputselector.fr

Cadenza'touch! reall nice!

Bloody Mary

really great album ... will play a lot of tracks ..
really love Shadow

Monika Kruse

nice thanks!

Markus Fix

n ice one


sounds very good! nice album!! deep feelings and adventures...will play!
thanks, w.

Blog - littlewhiteearbuds.com

Will make available to reviewers.

Radio E-Volution / Tim Jones

Sehr schönes und abwechlungsreiches Album. beste Tracks: You know where und Tahtok

Blog - onlyhousemusic.org

Radio - Paul Hamill // BBC Radio Ulster

i got sent this album a little while ago and have been playing it loads. it's one of my favourite records of the year so far. it's trippy, melodic, emotionally intelligent music that doesn't need to be played in a club in order to work. wonderful stuff.

Blog - Randomcircuits.com

Lovely rhythmic percussion from Mirko Loko & the Cadenza camp

Radio - WRFL 88.1 FM Lexington, Kentucky // Senom

Great summer album: happy, colorful and a bit exotic now and then. Starts very strong and continues with little surprises, then when you think it is fading off towards the end, you get the last track which again is a bomb.

Franck Roger

i try again to load it last time wasnt workin properly
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