Digitalism – from the beginning – never were apprehensive when layering their music compositions with enough dance-happy times to rival their contemporaries. The abruptness of the music, whether it be with the trippy bass or surges of new sounds was never meant inspire, but it still held a status within the dance scene, they still endure. Idealism was rugged enough to seem unique, but still carried a large pop element within its roots and you can hear it from the outset of the album, it just evolves through each passing minute. 4 years later, Digitalism release their sophomore album entitled I Love You, Dude and unlike their previous dance creation it is relatively outside of the scene in terms of overbearing rhythms and bass heaviness, at least when compared to its predecessor.
I Love You, Dude is bit of a timid affair. There aren’t many rushes of adrenaline, manic bass distortion most would be so accustom to from the group, but it still offers enough for you know where it’s coming from. The restrained sense of electro is something of a welcome considering the overblown sensibility they embraced so often on Idealism. Most will be split when this finally sinks in. The album offers a multitude of degrees in what Digitalism is becoming. Their earlier incarnation can be seen with “Stratosphere,” but their contrived element is less noticeable when “Forrest Gump” enters the realm. When the duo make the ultimate compromise between the unnatural and customary when “Just Gazin’” turns its sights on a more composed mix of acoustic guitar and electronic on the same track. I Love You, Dude struggles to establish a foundation to build off of, and eventually is caught between what it wants to do and what Digitalism are expected to sound like. When the group decides to move away from their debut with excessive bass and synth-laden style it offers good dividends; the fact is, this album pales in comparison to its predecessor. There is an energetic discretion within it, holding it back. Even with this internal resistance there are future hits within “Circles” and the enjoyable “Forrest Gump,” both showcasing Digitalism withholding the frivolous and overly lively sound most have been accustomed too – it still hits with bass, but not quite heavy as days past.
What does become a crutch for the duo is when the music becomes a guessing game. Digitalism’s debut was in the hey-day of electro-dance with, what now seems like, their insoluble rivals Justice at the top of the heap, but I Love You, Dude is caught in between that overly-layered electro and what appears to be the simplicity standard of today. The ten tracks showcase this point, and for the most part it achieves in the simplicity facet, but most will be discussing whether they should stay clinging toward Idealism, as they still seem to mimic past tracks like “Pogo”, or just move on with the straightforward rhythm on I Love You, Dude.
2. 2 Hearts
5. Forrest Gump
8. Just Gazin'
9. Miami Showdown
Digitalism is a German dance duo, founded in 2004 in Hamburg, Germany, consisting of Jens "Jence" Moelle and İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi. They are signed to French label Kitsuné Music and have released four singles to date: "Idealistic", "Zdarlight", "Jupiter Room", and "Pogo". Jens likens Digitalism's songs to simple chapters in a complex novel about social interaction and attraction, with distorted bass lines and thumping rhythms comprising the punctuation. ... read more