Various Artists – You Can Do the Cube EP

Various Artists
You Can Do the Cube EP

You Can Do the Cube actually seems to carry a neat little concept around it. Four minimalist electro artists pooled together to remix one of their own previous works, only it’s done using pieces of incidental source material that all four artists are using. As such, while each artist is re-creating a piece of their own work, they’re also morphing in elements that occur in the other three works included. As such, these four pieces meld into each other somewhat unintentionally, like some sort of mindmeld electro-commune.
Printed Circuit’s Kraftwerk-influenced “A.I.” sounds like an actively ambitious take on the Pac Man intro music, as it winds along on a thin bed of all-over breakbeats that randomly includes the sounds of a dial-up modem connecting. Near the end of the track, a repeated soundbyte loops along to change things up a bit, which leads into Transistor Six’s “Old Oak Tree” and its background drone and whirling tones of what sounds like a synthesizer, over top of a rhythm tone that’s vaguely (though recognizably) similar to “A.I.” Random sound occurances pepper this track, including what sounds to be a sample of a pigeon cooing, as well as a female vocal part singing the refrain of “Under the shadow of an old oak tree” in a breathy voice.
The voice of a small boy calling, “This one is dedicated to all the ravers in the nation” announces the presence of The Guy Who Invented Fire’s “Dedicated,” which takes layers of “A.I.” and the female vocal sample of “Old Oak Tree” and adds the EP’s first true backbeat to them. When the backbeat dies off, Tin.RP offers up “Eat This Corpse,” the most low-key and murkiest offering here. Elements from the three previous pieces are heard throughout the track, though the most noticeable part of this mix is the deep, throbbing bass track that permeates through the entire mix.
The general idea behind You Can Do the Cube is pretty cool, actually. Unfortunately, it doesn’t accomplish much more than just becoming a one or two-time novelty listen. As a 13-minute EP, there just isn’t enough meat here to warrant the release. Yes, the idea is cool, but get a few more artists together and stretch this out over an hour or so, and this whole thing would have really had a better chance to get completely off the ground. Still, this is very interesting for what it is – it just really does seem like a whole lot more could’ve been done with this concept.