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Review: '[labo_labs] Cristian Huepe'
'Blue Line'   

-  Label: 'Loud Dust Recordings'
-  Genre: 'Dance' -  Release Date: '2006'

Our Rating:
If math and science developed their own sense of rhythm and melody, the result wouldn't be unlike the work of Cristian Huepe (http://www.labolabs.com) on "Blue Line." Operating under the pen name [labo_labs], Huepe conducts music for Tron's world, a collection of high-tech blips and bleeps that nevertheless owe a debt to the no-boundaries liberating spirit of jazz and the funky pull of disco.

"Blue Line" is techno music with a brain; the arrangements are not haphazard but are rather informed with a mad genius that makes listening to the CD an intoxicating adventure. "Blue Line Singularity" weds the stream of consciousness lyrics and cyborg hipsway of Kraftwerk with the thumping backbeats of Daft Punk; it's Huepe's best work, gripping the ears with its infectious energy.

However, it's "Jz.2" that best represents the record. Recalling the hypnotic drum and bass of Roni Size, "Jz.2" (available here in two mixes) is state of the art electronica at its finest. "Dtct" similarly employs a mesmerizing shuffling rhythm that'll engage the dance floor.

Not everything here is accessible to outsiders. "Arb.2" is an enigmatic puzzle that will soothe diehards but might confuse the uninitiated. Then again, electronica has always been for a select audience anyway: You either get it - or you don't. Lucky for us, Huepe certainly does.
  author: Adam Harrington

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[labo_labs] Cristian Huepe - Blue Line