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Various Artists

"You Can Do The Cube" CDR

Catchpenny Records

Genres: electro, diy electronica

PO Box 88
Mold CH7 4ZQ

Jul 7 - 13 2003

The premise is simple.  The album starts with Printed Circuit's "A.I.", which is then remixed three different times by three different electronic outfits, Transistor Six, The Guy Who Invented Fire, and Tin.Rp, each remix becoming a remix of the previous remix.  So it's like a Rubik's cube.  You start off with each side a solid colour, but then shift things around to make it slightly less uniform, then even more mixed up, and finally you have a cube with random coloured blocks in no distinguishable order.

The original "A.I." kicks things off in a blaze of beats and synths.  It's a simple, catchy song, very "computer music"-esque.  2001: A Space Odyssey samples are well-placed in the song to give it even more of a robot sound.

The Transistor Six remix, "Old Oak Tree," adds some extra samples to the mix, constructing a more peaceful, ambient track.  The Guy Who Invented Fire's "Dedicated" then introduces a bit of an industrial-lite sound.  The final track, theoretically the most removed from the original Printed Circuit piece, is an experimental electronic number by Tin.Rp.

All in all, this is a very interesting concept pulled off pretty well.  Although not the most catchy or danceable release you'll come across this year, You Can Do The Cube is worth a shot if you're interested in a lo-fi electronic sampler based on a unique idea.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]