The debut release from Finland's Vladislav Delay appeared on the obscure Australian low-tech electronica label Sigma Editions in 1998 in a small pressing in handmade sleeves. The prolific experimental artist rose to becoming one of the most critically acclaimed electronic artists of the turn of the millennium, with releases on the Mille Plateaux, Chain Reaction, and Force Ink labels following this release in quick succession. A couple of the dub-inflected abstractions here surfaced on his Mille Plateaux debut the following year, but this album is his defining point-of-departure in defining a new hybrid dub, minimalism, IDM, post-techno music. His atmospheres are made of off-kilter, pulsing rhythms and textured loop experiments that are structured akin to avant-garde minimalist Steve Reich, yet have their roots in techno and house. There is a reduced and patient quality to this work that will appeal to fans of Oval, Thomas Brinkman, and Pole, and Vladislav Delay's music is as individual and refined as these artists.
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AllMusic Review by Dean McFarlane