Sepalcure | Sepalcure

Hotflush Recordings (2011) 
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 16, 2011
3.5 3.5 Stars

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Taste-making electronic music Web site Resident Advisor recently declared 2011 as Sepalcure's year, citing early buzz from this release, their debut LP, and solo releases by members Travis Stewart (a/k/a Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (a/k/a Braille). My only qualm with that otherwise fitting declaration regards the actual music on this New York duo's disc. For something to be declared "Best of the Year," it should be omnipresent, shouldn't it — owning both the Internet and clubs? And though there are more than a couple of cuts that would slay during peak time in the hands of a dexterous DJ, the product as a whole really exists on its own planet. There are two tangible signifiers that lend themselves to electronic club-music genre categorization: the skipping and spiraling juke-tinged kick drums complemented by uplifting house-like vocal snippets. But an attempt to pigeonhole Sepalcure's music just cheapens it. The vocals are drugged and chopped to pieces, and the beats are submerged in an icy tub of synth washes. There's so much going on, all of it so intricately plotted and clean, that you're left to wonder: by the time the rest of the electronic community catches up, what will Sepalcure be onto next? Is it too early to declare 2012 for them too?
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