Cdatakill's talent blossoms fully with “Valentine”, an album of deep beauty. Here's what happens (for the best) when one of the most renowned name of breakcore trades the fast beat for a dub-heavy trip-hop, while still integrating challenging sounds and ideas. A very mature, interesting and beautiful album full of surprises and intensity. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
Zak Roberts (aka Cdatakill) is no newcomer to anybody interested in breakcore. Active since the 1990's under various avatars, he settled for the name Cdatakill in 2002, and has since then released music on Ad Noiseam, as well as Zhark, Low Res, Cross Fade Entertainment and Eupholus. His open-minded take at the boundaries-pushing of breakcore had made of him one of the most varied and surprising artists of the genre.
Taking a opposite direction from the furious and complex 2004 "The Cursed Species", “Valentine” is a work whose wonders lay in the depths of its textures and its lush atmospheres. Still featuring the staccato rhythms and dry beats of Cdatakill's past, “Valentine” is strongly dub-oriented, an overall trip-hop tempo being brought together with guitar samples, sliced vocals and even an homage to the ever-useful 808.
A album focusing more on beauty than on violence, and perfectly reflected in Magnus Blomster's original artwork, “Valentine” is a shape-changing, dense work which benefits from being listened to in a row, generating a lush, daydream-inducing mood. From the tribal beats of “You are mine” or the Billie Holiday cover (“Yesterdays”) to the exit of “Arapahoe County Sunset”, “Valentine” is Cdatakill's most compact release, an album in the truest sense of the word, and a work on which Zak Roberts can let his reach a new level of maturity, without having to prove his point again
Tracklisting: 1. No Brakes
2. You Are Mine
5. Nefertiti Dub
6. Interlude (Mating song of the 808)
7. Two Hammers
9. Raining Glass
10. Tornado Sirens
11. Arapahoe County Sunset