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Album Review

Over four years passed between the first and second albums from Charles Dickerson, aka Mono/Poly. The extent to which Golden Skies is more complex, finessed, and melodic than the Los Angeles beat scene vet's 2010 set, Paramatma, is striking. The progression can be traced, however, from Dickerson earliest work — including his remix of Flying Lotus' "Melt!" — through his 2011 EP debut for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, scattered compilation contributions, and collaborations with Flash Bang Grenada, that group's Busdriver, and Thundercat. Paramatma wasn't without its charms, but nothing on Golden Skies comes off as sketch-like, with greater emphasis on billowy atmospheric touches and prickly melodies. Several tracks, like high points "Light Age" and "Dreamscape" — beat-less but intensely rhythmic — suggest that Dickerson's reach now extended farther into early experimental electronic music and ambient techno. Some cuts do knock. Opener "Winds of Change" works in layers of percussion, swirling acidic squiggles, and a distant, drawn-out vocal sample, while "Ra Rise" clamps and flutters and "Alpha and Omega," like the Boards of Canada track of the same title, is dizzying and graceful, evoking some kind of heavenward ascent. On "Empyrean," Dickerson pairs up with vocalist Mendee Ichikawa for a twilit ballad that quietly steals the show.

Customer Reviews

Master

Mono/Poly is one of the most thought provoking beat-makers of our time, it’s like kraut-rock and funk had a baby who loves hip-hop and he ended up drifting off while tripping on acid one day and has a dream about a warm day in LA.

BEST!

Best thing to ever happen on Brainfeeder, Steve you lucked out with this one!

Great piece of work by Mono/Poly

This album is REALLY REALLY GOOD. It's interesting to watch an artist evolve more into their true style of music. Awesome album Mono/Poly

Biography

Born: February 5, 1987 in Bakersfield, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Charles Dickerson, aka Mono/Poly, was one of several figures who emerged from Los Angeles' community of instrumental hip-hop producers — including connections with the city's Low End Theory club nights, as well as Flying Lotus — during the 2000s. Originally from Bakersfield, Dickerson made his first moves with 12" singles and EPs on labels such as Circulations, Faces, and Fat City. As Monopoly, he remixed Flying Lotus' "Melt!" in 2008. Following his first album, Paramatma, released on...
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