FaltyDL
Atlantis


4.0
excellent

Review

by Deviant STAFF
November 13th, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Drew Lustman squeezes out one more triumphant burst of NYC deep bass release before the year finally dies out

Whether he’s operating as one of only a few true American garage counterpoints, flirting with the iconoclastic reverberations of techno, or locking himself into deep house hypnosis, Drew Lustman (FaltyDL) enjoys rebelling against the obvious expectations that come with each of those movements. He represents a far sunnier disposition that shines in stark contrast to the torch-bearing isolation that all leftfield electronic music has ultimately turned into. His beats are breezy, yet still packed with the required gut-punching bass to turn any barren warehouse into a disco frenzy of stadium-sized proportions. And he manages to exist within both realms of the current zeitgeist of “bass music”, adept at both the liquid-like bubbling funk and the bruising breakbeat hurricanes.

Whereas his acclaimed You Stand Uncertain served as more of an extension of his melodic tendencies, Atlantis (his first release for Ninja Tune) is a lofty and ambitious testament to his diversity. It begins fashionably enough with the New Yorker’s delicate take on UK garage with the damaging title track; hi-hats hiss and spurt over dramatically reduced breakbeats that silently ring out with a strong case of raver’s lament. It’s a moody set piece that swings back and forth from the commonplace garage percussion and deep house innuendo, swapping anthem-ready tapestries for more conspiratorial dreamscapes. ‘Can’t Stop the Prophet’ is deliberately awkward however, shifting from humble orchestral beginnings into raucous 80’s hip hop territory before kicking into violent drum & bass rumble that rallies against one of the most inspired sampling in recent years.

The final two entries are more diffident garage tricks, doe-eyed worship set-ups than distant relations. Constantly shuffling and restless they scratch close to the bone of flexing 808, trading the floating hi-hat syndromes for blanketing grungy basslines until they almost get by as underground London anthems, just shot through the lens of a NYC drifter. It shows that Lustman isn’t one to let the well run dry, and an artist comfortable at shifting gears on a dime. Shades of You Stand Uncertain’s rave nostalgia find themselves briefly illuminated here, but for the most part Atlantis is a new path for Falty; it’s less rough and tumble hooks and sharp-toothed beats, and more loose and undefined blue-sky daydreaming (which has always been a specialty of sorts for Lustman). It’s another reliable release from one of the most reliable American dance proponents, always happy to provide a little ambition against the bass compressions and juggernaut delusions the area has sadly become known for.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


31162 Comments


You can sample the ep here:

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/atlantis-ep/1835532-02/

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 13th 2011


10594 Comments


Is there an extra 'release' in the summary?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


31162 Comments


It was intentionally there but I might get rid of it

struth
November 13th 2011


435 Comments


Yay more FaltyDL. This is gonna be sweet.

twlichty
November 13th 2011


3407 Comments


You Stand Uncertain was pretty awesome, so i'll have to check this out. That link with the samples isn't working for me tho, i'll have to obtain it somewhere else

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
November 13th 2011


1588 Comments


This is pretty nice indeed.

Rev
November 13th 2011


9423 Comments


I need this

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
November 13th 2011


1588 Comments


youtube it

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2011


7111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Where did you hear this? I'm digging what I heard in those samples more than what I heard on his LP, especially the title track. Good review too, didn't know he was American- that bumps him up quite a bit in my book. Can't stand how few legitimate American producers there are. I'll check this out on YT from Liberi's suggestion but I'd love a DL.

Also dev, way off topic but I went and saw Ajapai tonight. He played a nice set and was sipping straight out of a bottle of white wine the entire time. Mixed up genres nicely though with some house and dnb alongside the dubstep. Fucking weird ass venue though.

Adash
November 13th 2011


1356 Comments


like

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


31162 Comments


Sampling in 'Can't Stop the Prophet' = best thing ever. Such a shame that Pitchfork had to go and spoil the fun by revealing what it was

Fucking weird ass venue though.


What was weird about it?

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2011


7111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well the venue on a regular day isn't bad. But they tried to turn the show into a circus-y themed show. They had dancers in top hats and fishnets, which isn't really a bad thing on its own but then some creepy fuck came out in stilts and was hula-hooping and shit. And one of the dancers was spitting constantly, and spitting quite a lot to the point where it was hitting some people in the front rows.

One of my friends pointed out the whole spitting thing and we were all disgusted (I couldn't really focus on the show for awhile because all I could pay attention to was her spitting). I'm not sure if she was wasted, pissed at the people in the audience, or maybe she thought it was turning people on or something. But then after awhile one of my goofball friends turned to me and said "I'm gonna go see if she'll spit on me" and walked up to the front by himself hoping to get rained on. The whole thing was actually pretty entertaining but in a really weird way.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


15737 Comments


woo thats an awkward summary

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

Adash
November 13th 2011


1356 Comments


Just need to get rid of the word 'release'...

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


31162 Comments


I think it's fine

Rev
November 13th 2011


9423 Comments


so yeah this is pretty sweet

conradtao
Emeritus
November 13th 2011


2090 Comments


Cannot wait to hear this

ITsHxCTOASTER
November 13th 2011


2489 Comments


I think everyone that said the summary needs to lose the word "release" is thinking of the word in terms of an album release. Sorry if that sentence doesn't make sense. Also I checked out the first track of this and it was awesome, I need to check out the rest. I have so much electronic music from 2011 that I need to listen to though, I've checked out a few tracks here and there from a lot of stuff but haven't listened to many albums in their entirety

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2011


31162 Comments


People have no imaginations

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2011


7111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I get what TOASTER is saying but a "burst" of NYC deep bass and a "release" just seem a bit too redundant together there... not that I would be making a point about it at all if other people hadn't brought it up but JS.



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