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Classic Album Review: Jega | Geometry

The electronica artists builds a new sound from the ground up on his sophomore set.

This album came out two decades ago. Here’s what I had to say about it back then (with some minor editing):


We don’t know what Richard James, Mike Paradinas and Dylan Nathan were studying together in architecture school, but it sure wasn’t structure and form. At least not in the usual sense.

Since school, all three have spent more time designing soundscapes than filling landscapes — James and Paradinas are better known respectively (and respectfully) as Aphex Twin and µ-ziq, two of the most forward-thinking minds in electronica. Nathan, who goes by Jega, has held down third place in that race for a while now. But his sophomore CD Geometry suggests he’s closing the gap and fast. Like his classmates, he works the outer edges of the electronica genre with his experimental approach. Laying down a foundation of scratches and clicks and scrapes and crackles, Nathan then adds layers of squirting synths, video-game bleeps and ambient melody that sweeten and soften the blow, effectively building a new sound from the ground up — ambient drill ’n’ bass. If he keeps this up, he’ll be at the head of his class in no time.