Ikonika
Contact, Love, Want, Have


3.5
great

Review

by Plutonio USER (18 Reviews)
April 14th, 2010 | 11 replies | 3,879 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The female dubstep artist meets adversity, and along the way, she learns a thing or two about fun.

5 of 8 thought this review was well written

When word leaked that the fifth long-player to come from Hyperdub was to be released by Ikonika, female dubstep artist, very few doubted there would be sufficient anticipation (or lack thereof) for her debut LP. Not surprisingly, the hype-train inched towards the debut record, touching upon her gender and a possible fresh take on the genre. However, anticipation seems to do ugly things to perfectly decent albums. High expectations change perspective, and Ikonika's debut could have eventually proven a bust. Fortunately, this is not the case. Ikonika's first long-layer is one that uses dubstep as a base to extend her musical ideas, thus granting Contact, Love, Want, Have an eclectic property.

Different from her peers in her aesthetic, she is a more spontaneous artist than the established technical, heady style. Her style is one which, while not exactly elaborate, is enjoyable. It combines pulsating bass lines and dominating pitch-bends, but still bubbly bleeps and bloops are utilized. "R.E.S.O.L." combines 8-bit with an excess of bass to make an overwhelming track, yet "Millie" is more of a fluent, albeit slow, track. Still, Ikonika's sound is one doused in playful energy. The result strikes a polar opposite to the low-end of the genre's spectrum, a sound which uses thick, complex rhythms. For example, "They Are Losing the War" makes full use of chiptune sounds, and spontaneity is still a staple. Ikonika's nature is not to be dynamic, but thoroughly energetic. Her injection of fun is an appreciated step forward in dubstep, yet, her full-length is not a landmark release. Though certainly not a jocular mess, her album lacks a certain amount of technicality and depth, which could easily disappoint some listeners. However, her songs are distinguishable and found different moods throughout, leading to a solid base for Ikonika's sound to grow.



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Calculate
April 14th 2010



1135 Comments


Dupstep is for men, what was she thinking!?

Plutonio
April 14th 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is surprising that she did a decent job. At first glance of her sex, I dismissed it. Spinned it today and was genuinely surprised.

TheWayfarerElectric
April 14th 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I did the same thing... although I have a recent fascination with dubstep, so I decided to listen to it. It's really good. R.E.S.O.L. is really cool and the whole album is like videogame-chic.

TheWayfarerElectric
April 14th 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, a really concise, yet descriptive review.

Rationalist
April 15th 2010



880 Comments


Dubstep is for men.

Plutonio
April 15th 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Who negged?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2010



30297 Comments


Good review, but you put too much stock into the fact that she's female. There's plenty of female dubsteppers where I live and they are just as good, if not better, than a lot of the guys

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

TheWayfarerElectric
April 16th 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think it comes from the first paragraph and you don't get over it.

Bitchfork
May 9th 2010



7584 Comments


Meh

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2011



30297 Comments


2 kiwis and a bunch of alts itt

Yotimi
March 29th 2013



6273 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Is that BoC's Wildlife Analysis in "Look"? Haven't seen any sample credit given to them anywhere online



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