January 8, 2009

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Guy J, Esperanza
Bedrock Records, Jan. 13, 2009

Tel Aviv house DJ Guy J isn’t trying to take over the club world or make everyone forget Aphex Twin’s mellower drum-n-bass-less output, though the latter would serve as adequate enough comparison to his strength. Content in his techno world, he’s got at least one atmosphere down to a science: you, in a cab, in the rain, staring out the window at the megalopolis. Many of the beats rely upon the toned-down undersea bass stylings often used by John Digweed, who, it so happens, runs Bedrock Records — merely being selected to put out an all-original “artist album” on this label puts J in a seriously enviable position, not that Israel’s club scene is anything to sneeze at.

Sad that this is a rule, but with techno automatically comes ’80s movie-soundtrack cheese, which “Love Is Not Alone” embraces for more than enough measures while waiting for the adult gravitas to pop back in and incite the body to move. There’s a bit too much Ed Wood flying-saucer wave-bending that goes on for my taste, but there’s a progressive-house side to his guy that’ll keep you roped in for the whole smash. AEWS