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Ben Gomori's review from Data Transmission

OK, so we featured Daniel ‘Frivolous’ Gardner. In this week’s New Talent somewhat inappropriately. Dude’s been releasing tunes for best part of a decade, but the point was that this stunning new album should open up new doors, avenues and audiences for him. It’s sublime. Read that piece for the story on how this LP on Luciano’s label came about.

Gardener’s productions are laden with intricacy, emotion, vigour and humour. Allen Town Jail rocks a killer bumping tech house groove that most producers would be content with, but for this talent it’s not enough; so haunting vocal edits and eerie synth tones are laid over the jacking bump, each section of the track evolving sufficiently so as to keep you interested. Few new parts are added; instead the existing ones are chopped, looped, and effected ingeniously so as continue and glue together the track’s ebb and flow.

Cryin’ cuts a mischievous little wiggle, prancing all around the shop like a devious little tech house elf, with an indecipherable, possibly Eastern European vocal sample adding a theatrical sense of spookiness to the cheeky track. Back Into The Deep keeps the energy up, opting for moody organ chords and warping synth hooks over the elasticated b-line, a cool pitched-down, glitched-up vocal murmurs away, and finally a beautifully crystalline plucked line of some tops it all off. It’s one of those tracks where the myriad elements combine to make something incredibly engrossing and melodically rich and dynamic, rather than sounding cluttered or overdone.

The humour comes to the surface on Lunar Phaser, a glitchy downbeat interlude which samples none other than ‘The Moon’ from The Mighty Boosh – a stroke of genius if I’m honest. It’s swiftly followed up by jazzy feel and French cinema samples of Cinemascopique, before Ostalgia rocks an antiquarian chime melody and vague oompah undertones that make it come across like Willy Wonka Goes To The Disco. Serenade Des Excentriques treads a slightly different path, taking heady vocal harmonies and wrapping them round a bouncing synth lead and magical chime arpeggios to hypnotic effect.

I could quite happily play pretty much every single track from this album in my DJ sets, and it’s a wonderful listen from start to finish, with the most immaculate, sleek production you’re likely to hear on any housey record this year. Modern, yet dripping with the subtleties and sensibilities of music from days gone by. What more could you ask for from a house album?

Very well made

I'm not going to wax lyrical about this album, but basically it is very well produced.

Most of the tracks are engrossing and interesting with throbbing, hypnotic beats. The bass used in each track is not just 'thump, thump, thump' it really tests a good hi-fi systems ability to dig down low and keep pace.

Very clever stuff, just sounds great.


Born: 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

The working name of electronic musician and performer Daniel Gardner, Frivolous was born once Gardner (born in Vancouver, Canada, around 1980) had secured a release and recording deal with a German label that was quite taken with the demo of unfinished work he had sent over in the late '90s. Soon Gardner was releasing work on a regular basis, and by 2008 Frivolous had seen the release of more than ten EPs and full-lengths (including Buffet Haraja and Somewhere in the Suburbs), in...
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