Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Artist: Circulation
Album: Colours
Released in: 2000

It's been a while. Life got in the way of the slow, inexorable progress of the Dishes Project (home for the holidays, professional conference, job interview, cross-country trip, house guests). But Circulation are also at least partially to blame here. This is a double album, with both CDs clocking in at well over an hour. That's a lot of dish-washing.

So, were the many dish-washing sessions spent listening to this album worth it? On the main, yes. Circulation are a tech-house duo from England, and they know their stuff. Most of the tracks are very well-balanced: smooth yet bumping, classy yet with a slightly off-the-wall sample. They are reminiscent of Underworld in the slow layering and adding of synths/drums/etc. as a song begins, but they do have one main drawback. The tracks lack emotional punch (in stark contrast to Underworld). The most these tracks inspire is that wonderful 'get moving' itch that all good techno makes you have, but they don't grab you and take you somewhere new and exciting... y'know what I mean?

Anyway, you can judge for yourself. Here are my two favorite tracks from the album: White and Turquoise (yes, all the song names are colors). White is a great example of the slow build, and it has a fantastic, bouncy groove; wait for the silly sample at 4:00 or so. Turquoise would be right at home on SomaFM's Secret Agent radio station. Enjoy!

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