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dinos chapman - Luftbobler
**Album of industrial-tinged electronic music by artist Dinos Chapman, influenced by Squarepusher, TG, Stockhausen, AFX** Along with Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin et al, Jake and Dinos Chapman are among the most successful and controversial artists to come out of the YBA explosion of the 90s, notorious for producing sculptures of children with genitalia for faces, reappropriating original watercolours by Adolf Hitler, defacing Goya prints, and the rest. It's difficult not to compare Dinos's first foray into music-making to the art he makes he with his brother - and while it lacks the shock value and scale of their visual work, it shares its sly humour and interest in the seamier side of life. It came together almost by accident: a sufferer from insomnia, Chapman has used his sleepless nights over the last decade to mess around with music software, ultimately amassing a vast hard drive's worth of doodles and experiments. He had no intention of sharing its contents with the world, but when the Vinyl Factory's Sean Bidder got wind of the recordings' existence, he convinced Chapman to hand-pick the best and release them as an album. That album is what we have before us here, Luftbobler, and though Chapman self-effacingly describes what's on it as "Schlampige" (shoddy) music, the truth is that it's thoroughly enjoyable - experimental but far from abstract, and full of nagging melodies and sputtering post-rave rhythms. 'So It Goes' sets the tone with its scuttling breakbeats and stalactites of concrète noise, 'Reaktorsnuhsnuh' is ambient for the early hours when the mind's at its most psychotic and sensitised, while 'Whatever Works' and 'He Has No Method' are brooding noir-techno work-outs that wouldn't sound out of place on the Analord series, and quite honestly 'Sputnik''s itchy electro could easily have sneaked onto an Ae LP without anyone noticing. Playful but patient, surreal yet tightly controlled, and cognisant of dance music structures without being beholden to them, Luftbobler really is an unexpected delight.