Diversions


I can see you by dailytarheel
September 3, 2008, 9:07 pm
Filed under: Diversions

Kompakt Electro Attack:

Some of you might remember the Cologne based techno label, Kompakt, from last year thanks to stellar releases by the Field and Gui Boratto, not to mention the underwhelming full length by Supermayer (the dynamic duo of labelhead Michael Mayer and Superpitcher.) This year they’ve already dropped jaws with the amazing re-release of all four seminal albums by ambient electronic maestro Gas (Reinhardt Voigt, also of techno duo Burger and Voigt.)

But perhaps what has me most excited on the horizon is the first official full length album from Rex the Dog, “The Rex the Dog Show.” The album features a slew of new tracks as well as the majority of his previous singles and remixes, making this both a wonderful compendium for an up-and-coming producer as well as a good introduction for the uninitiated. Rex (who has also done releases for the popular Kitsune label) is something of an anomaly in the Kompakt stable, favoring a more distinct electro sound filled to the brim with analog synthesizers and strong pop sensibilities, making him one of the most accessible artists on the label.

His new single “I Can See You, Can You See Me?” is one of the best electropop songs I’ve heard in years. Deftly mixing warm arpeggiated synth lines and processed vocals, Rex is able to use what is obviously an acid house template and make it into a pop song. In doing so he’s somehow managed to craft strong catchy hooks that actually stay with the listener, something most techno is unable to do.

I expect this album to be a big release for both Kompakt and Rex and you should keep your ears open for good things down from the pipe and slew of remixes for the upcoming release. The single for “I Can See You, Can You See Me,” features reworks by heavy bass champion Drop the Lime and a stellar club mix of the single by Rex himself. The official release was on September 1st through Hundehaus (Rex’s label) and Cooperative Records. Hopefully we’ll see a stateside distribution soon enough.

here’s the video for the single, it’s cute as hell:

here is rex the dog’s official website:

Rex the Dog’s Official Website

here is rex the dog’s myspace:

Rex the Dog’s MySpace

Ben Pittard

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