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Onclements - Ovuca

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Genre: Dance & Electronic - Techno & Trance / Artist: Ovuca / Double CD / Audio CD released 2000-08-21 at Rephlex

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      17.01.2001 20:52
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      The sleeve credits state 'FILE UNDER BRAINDANCE'. It seems an obvious place to start a review of 'Onclements', as the album does indeed make your brain dance. However, take heed that brain-dancing is not a light fox-trot. Brain-dancing is masochistic: beautiful pain. Like drilling a hole in your forehead, then pouring sherbet in. Lemon-flavoured sherbet. Be careful. I bought the album because it was in a bargain bin at my local record shop. I didn't expect it to be very good, having experienced it about four months earlier on a listening post in the Virgin Monstroso-store on Tottenham Court Road. Lazily flicking through its 71+ tracks, I had thought it all sounded a bit samey. Nevertheless, being a cheapskate addicted to bargains, I bought it anyway. I was very wrong to under-estimate it. 'Onclements' is an epic album that feels like a Casio calculator on a voyage of self discovery. Ovuca uses primitive blips and beats to disguise inhumanly advanced soul-tapping. You don't know whether to laugh, dance, cry or cum. The album opens with a chirpy drum-beat, reminiscent of the 'Only Fools And Horses' theme, with a mongoloid voice chanting "Oopsie darsy, Oopsie daisy...". It's silly and scary, and for two hours the sensory attacks don't stop. Some might say that making an album with eight sides is excessive. But there's always somebody saying something. If opinions are like arseholes, mine has a world reknowned smell. Like all of Lord Aphex Twin's closest disciples, Ovuca certainly isn't scared of beautiful melodies. Drum and bass meets nursery rhymes: 'Terminator' meets 'Kindergarten Cop'. There are many hummable tracks with many great titles, such as number 26, "Joystick Operated POP TART". I suppose if you heard some of the tracks alone, they might sound childish, or ugly. However every track works within the context of the
      album. Ovuca constantly tips the balance between silly naivity and blessed creativity. Don't worry, 'Onclements' is undoubtedly enjoyable. It's a perfect example of the joys of being a bedroom music-maker. Completely unashamed and unafraid, Ovuca is skipping merrily into the future. And death to CDs and MDs, LONG LIVE VINYL...

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 One
      2 Two
      3 Daisy
      4 Four
      5 Five
      6 Industro Contrast
      7 Lip Lap Lap
      8 Anti-Casanova
      9 Golden Pagoda
      10 Treehugging
      11 Yakface
      12 Twelve
      13 Thirteen
      14 Fourteen
      15 Northern Comfort
      16 Sixteen
      17 Seventeen
      18 Rephlex Records
      19 Nineteen
      20 Twenty
      21 Rubic's Engine
      22 In Search For The Big Money
      23 Incidental Floss
      24 Twenty-Four
      25 Eileenkii
      26 Joystick Operated Pop Tart
      27 Twenty-Seven
      28 Twenty-Eight
      29 Twenty-Nine
      30 Dock Oregano
      31 Huphnaget
      32 Thirty-Two
      33 Thirty-Three
      34 Thirty-Four
      35 Tom Collins
      36 Jodemeister
      37 Thirty-Seven
      38 Thirty-Eight
      39 Thirty-Nine
      40 Forty
      41 Forty-One

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 Turbulence From The Kitchen
      2 Two
      3 Three
      4 Trembling Fields Of Manual Performance
      5 Five
      6 Six
      7 Alpha Force
      8 Lady Domina
      9 Whiteblue Fumeplate
      10 Miumi Vice
      11 Spot Of Heavy Breathing
      12 Crystal Cupboard
      13 Thirteen
      14 Fourteen
      15 Fifteen
      16 Ocean Of Hedgehogs
      17 Deterge
      18 Sport Virus
      19 Light Shower
      20 Sport Virus Strikes Back
      21 Aerobic Lesson
      22 Twenty-Two
      23 Ned Naturemagnet
      24 Twenty-Four
      25 Twenty-Five
      26 Napa Auto Parts
      27 Lost Speedster
      28 Twenty-Eight
      29 Twenty-Nine
      30 Thirty