Saturday, 19 May 2012

Track Review: Doldrums - Jump Up


Supporting Grimes on her European tour, and then taking to the stage in United Kingdom for the acclaimed Dot To Dot Festival, now's probably the right time to introduce Doldrums. If you're already familiar with Doldrums, you may have heard his circulated EP 'Empire Sound', which was released in 2011 on No Pain In Pop. Electronica is the music of discussion here, with Doldrums releasing many tracks under different pseudonyms, and collaborating with artists such as Grimes and Portishead. One of which is the distorted manic eeriness of 'Painted Black', surfacing in 2010. Yes, it’s now 2012 and Doldrums has of course been picked up by a record label - Souterrain Transmissions (Zola Jesus, Moon Duo and EMA). Born in Toronto and now based in Montreal, Doldrums uses a spectacular sound of tribal percussion, glitch beats and an array of samples to create his dynamic music. 


There’s a certain edge of intensity when listening to Doldrums. Jump Up has all the beats and progressions to cause comparisons with Gold Panda, with all the hooks and melodies to gather commercial success. He has certainly moved on from the atmospherically tuned Empire Sound EP, taking sampling to the next level with these layers of soundscapes. It's an excellent listen and the vocal is surprisingly clear among the compact sounds of handclaps, screeches, reversed noises and synthesizers. Doldrums is an artist to look out for in the future, especially with one of his biggest fans being fellow Canadian Grimes.
~Eddie

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