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Love Songs for Machines

Jake Mandell

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Album Review

Mandell's third full-length, and first for Carpark, is as good as its word — complete with a crush note from Jake himself in the liner notes. And the music is a bit more emotive than his previous productions. For producers of Mandell's generation, nothing says a love song quite like '80s synth-pop, so he reaches back with vintage sounds on "The Prince and the Palm" and a few breathy vocal samples on "Tender Growth From a Random Seed." For the most part though, Mandell doesn't completely lose his head; there's plenty more of the same tight mid-tempo techno, with plenty of oblique programming add-ons and a subtle melodic sense to keep listeners grooving. In the end, he strikes a good balance between the scientific techno of his Force Inc material with some genuine emotion.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of listening techno's brightest young producers thanks to acclaimed albums for Worm Interface and Force Inc, Jake Mandell began working in electronics during high school in Boston. He studied classical piano and jazz as well, but ended up a biochemistry major in college. Surprisingly, biochem — and his specialty, enzyme structures — turned out to be a suitable course of study preliminary to an electronics career, for Mandell soon began shaping his productions after the complex computer...
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