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Stephen Mallinder: Um Dada

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Artist: Stephen Mallinder
Title: Um Dada

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Stephen Mallinder: Um Dada
Artist: Stephen Mallinder
Title: Um Dada

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Stephen Mallinder co-founder and frontman of the iconic Cabaret Voltaire has returned with his first solo album in over 35 years: Um Dada. Laced with leftfield house and cut-up sound collages Um Dada is a melding of energies that are an exercise in simplicity and motion. Sincere playful realism that beckons your body to move always reminding you to never take yourself too seriously without forfeiting your agency. While steering Cabaret Voltaire through the 1980s Mallinder was already busy piecing together his first solo album entitled Pow Wow which would help define Mallinders interest in the more leftfield electro sounds shaping England at the time. It was this diverse and abstract hybrid that helped inspire generations of artists and musicians through steeping raw machine funk within the whimsical and absurdist ideology. Since the release of Pow Wow in 1982 Mallinder continued his pioneering work with Cabaret Voltaire as well as recording and touring with his electro projects Wrangler Creep Show Hey Rube Kula and Cobby & Mallinder. In addition to his non-stop schedule in electronic music his professional life as a journalist broadcaster producer and now a professor of Digital Music & Sound Art at the University of Brighton has lead Mallinder to a unique point in his career. Most in his position would be caught up in rosy retrospection but Mallinder himself says Theres too much digital finger-licking right now every thought and desire at the turn of a dial... well a click of the mouse. And theres a giddy false nostalgia about the analogue past. Sorry to burst your bubble but the truth of history is more mundane: practical pragmatic... Um Dada is about play - cut and paste lost words twisted presets voice collage simple sounds - things that have been lost to technologys current determinism. Let the machines talk to each other let them dance.. they lead we follow. Um Dada opens up with the exact machine-led surrealism that Mallinder recommends in Working You Are. A thick stripped back dance floor groove provides the ideal foundation for Mallinders eccentric vocal cuts. The frisky chops present an almost twisted irony subtly bringing to mind the role were all forced to play as just another cog in the ever grinding capitalist machine of life. Yet somehow the listener is left feeling optimistic. A prime example of simplicity at work. Tracks such as Satellite give a skillful illustration of Mallinders adeptness with his musical expertise while preserving his core historical context as only simple reference. The underlying bassline and percussion coupled with the floating melodies and airy vocal refrain disclose the vulnerabilities of love and loss without a hint of irony or nostalgia. Um Dada is mischievously idealist however never loses touch with reality. Offering structure while simultaneously dismantling any and all preconceptions. The spirit of sincerity that sustained Cabaret Voltaires lengthy career is abundantly present within founder Stephen Mallinders journey through his own whimsical utopian consciousness and staking claim to an identity that is solely his own.

1.1 Working You Are
1.2 Prefix Repeat Rewind
1.3 Its Not Me
1.4 Um Dada
1.5 Satellite
1.6 Colour
1.7 Flashback


H 0.21
W 12.25
L 12.32

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