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Music Review: Notaker – Notaker EP (Jaytech’s Positronic Digital)


Somewhere between the experience and pleasure principle lies Notaker’s collective trifecta of electronic bliss. A dizzying account of glorious sounds that stretch into outer space and back, the artist formerly known as Dave the Rave has created some of the more thrilling electro trance I have heard this side of the 21st Century.

Three songs is all it takes to make you realize just how massive Notaker is to the community. It is not just the power of using electro depth charges in his thick dance euphoria of “Dream World Lapse,” it is the flow in which it all is packaged in. The song is so smooth and effortless that he makes it so easy for you to lose yourself in. When you think the level he is performing on spot on, he ups the ante with sound layering that boosts the adrenaline beyond your perceptive reality. It’s clearly an “Oh shit” moment at its minimum.

Picture the greatest Outrun scenario in your head and “Monarch (Speed of Light Mix)” would be the soundtrack. The depth of this song and the intense gaze of the rhythm all sets this song above the level Notaker takes his music, setting fire to it all with its intense electro bursts, subtly masked as pseudo-dub step but only for a split second under a canopy of steady beats.

How does he do when you turn down the lights and mystify the mood? “Sub Weapon” takes things a little slower with the build up into a Progressive House expanse and then keeps it all on next gen level as he swirls rhythms and synths around into a scenario that proves he can create a well-rounded EP that takes you to the ends of genre.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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