Klute


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Casual Bodies , 6/10
Fear Of People , 5/10
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Klute (not the Leaether Strip project) is an American-born Englishman by the real name of Tom Withers who debuted in a skate-punk band, the Stupids, that released three albums. In the mid 1990s he found his true mission and began releasing the singles that would define modern drum'n'bass: F.P.O.P., Right or Wrong, New Form Of Life, Leo Nine, Laser, Perceptron/Illuminated, Silent Weapons. The EP Total Self (Certificate, 1998) was the first attempt at turning that sound into more than dance material (Hang-Up and Blow Cold can hardly be defined jungle) and the album Casual Bodies (Certificate, 1998) bridged his art of intricate beats, techno locomotives, deep basslines and psychotic arrangements (Faceless, Totem) with otherworldy neurosis (the heavily distorted Secret Love) and eerie atmospheres (Blood Rich, Out Of Silence).

Phone Call and Moving Finger are the standout tracks on second album Fear Of People (Certificate, 2000).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Matteo Gentile)

Klute (non il progetto Leaether Strip) Ŕ un inglese di origine americana, il cui vero nome Ŕ Tom Withers, che ha debuttato in una band skate punk, i The Stupids, che ha pubblicato tre album. A metÓ degli anni '90 trov˛ la sua vera missione e inizi˛ a pubblicare i singoli che avrebbero definito il drum'n'bass moderno: F.P.O.P., Right or Wrong, New Form of Life, Leo Nine, Laser, Perceptron/Illuminated, Silent Weapons. L'EP Total Self (Certificate, 1998) Ŕ stato il primo tentativo di trasformare quel suono in qualcosa di pi¨ del mero materiale dance (Hang-Up e Blow Cold difficilmente possono essere definiti jungle) e l'album Casual Bodies (Certificate, 1998) ha unito la sua arte di ritmi complessi, andamento techno, linee di basso profonde e arrangiamenti psicotici (Faceless, Totem) ad una nevrosi ultraterrena (come nell'album fortemente distorto Secret Love) e ad atmosfere inquietanti (Blood Rich, Out Of Silence).

Phone Call e Moving Finger sono le tracce principali del secondo album Fear Of People (Certificate, 2000).

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