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Classic Album Review: DJ Food | Quadraplex

The U.K. electronica duo's concept EP about glass is transparently beautiful.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Is the glass half-empty or half-full on this new EP from U.K. electronica duo DJ Food? Well, a little of both.

At four songs and 16 minutes, Quadraplex is hardly an official followup to their freewheeling 2000 album Kaleidoscope — in fact, these tracks were recorded at the same time but didn’t make the cut. But when you put it under the microscope, this high-concept EP is clearly inspired. A four-movement piece, Quadraplex is based around the sounds of, yes, glass — glass being blown, glass being tapped, glass being rubbed and glass being smashed, all sampled and mixed and tuned and cut and layered into delicately rhythmic patterns as tasteful and satisfying as any piece of crystal or leaded window. Naturally, it comes on a clear CD inside a clear plastic case. Transparently beautiful.