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Movement / Silence
Movement / Silence floats in and out of various moods, with a seemingly Swedish appreciation for melancholia—or vemod, for those familiar with the concept.
Having put together various funk and hiphop mixes, both solo as DJ Devastate and as part of the Create & Devastate duo, renowned US label BBE signed DJ Devastate in 2009. The result, his debut album Movement / Silence, floats in and out of various moods, with a seemingly Swedish appreciation for melancholia—or vemod, for those familiar with the concept.
A turntable instrumentalist/producer from Helsingborg, Sweden, DJ Devastate’s 14-track album blends jazz and hiphop, with an obvious appreciation for vinyl and the bi-products its sound produces. DJ Devastate talks about ”defining a moment” when he creates music, and whether the instrument played is a set of turntables, a sampler or a live guitar, the album’s organic and improvised sound lets its listeners take part in the moment of each song’s creation.
High points include the up-beat and celebratory ‘Spinnin’’, Zoltan Csorsz Jr.’s drums treading softly over a hypnotic bassline and free-flowing piano on ‘Spoken’ and Segerfalk’s masterful keys on ‘Don’t Stop’, a vibrant hip-hop jam. Buy it, listen from beginning to end, and let its melodies creep into your subconscience.
words Sven Carlsson