Boomkat Product Review:
Populous is the debut work of Italy's 22 year old Andrea Mangia who, at the beginning of 2000, discreetly despatched a demo CD over to Thomas Morr, finding its way into a pile of demos kept by him on his desk. Having eventually worked his way round to listening to it, the music of Populous strikes a familiar chord with Mr Morr, reminding him of early Opiate and Boards Of Canada, complete with a distinct and positively simple musical expression which the compositions on board managed to exude. Over the course of two years a constant exchange between the italian province and the german capital began to flourish, eventually helping to form and mould what would eventually becomes andrea's debut album, named after the ancient numerical system 'quipo' with which the Inca kept track of taxes and goods in storage. Populous' personal quipo now consists of the 'ones and twos' a hip hop DJ uses to rearrange the popcultural 'goods in storage'. It also consists of the 'zeros and ones' used by a computer to synthesize new compounds from those elements. The result is sublime, starting with the guitar, hip hop beat and spine-tingling flute melodies on 'Bottom 01' and ending up with the more glitched-up and spliced hip hop arrangements of 'Bottom 02', encompassing an array of melodic elegance that devestates most immediately on the magnificent 'Hi Hat The Ro' complete with its melodica and introspectove piano accompaniment. One of Morr's finest debut releases to date, investigate immediately.