Lotek: Listen Up
By Steve Cournane
The debut release from Nelsonís Lotek kicks off with a beautiful speaker-rattling 808 sample on ER. Itís a wonderful mellow start to a fine debut album that could prove a real summer winner in 2002. From here the album progresses through a variety of jazz-meets-techno feels that display an obvious ear for effective arranging and a very clean production aesthetic. Standout track for me is the 6/8 Another Sunday, a real poppy track, the A section melody so personal and reminiscent, the B section slightly unsettled with the inclusion of a bar in five. Also Space Waltz moves into darker territory with more textural improvising. Dion Te Momo plays all instruments using a variety of sample and loop methods and displays great tone and sensitivity in his understated post-George Benson style guitar playing. Itís not all wonderful; Gooby Groove suffering a little in the orchestration department to my ear but this feels more like a limitation of method rather than intention. For a demo intended to just start a new band itís impressive. If you liked St Germaine youíll like this. Buy it from www.amplifier.co.nz.