Boku Mo Wakaran

Sounds crazy and, in fact, it is. Poland's 21-year-old [a]Bogdan Raczynski[/a] calls his music 'samurai math beats' and that's about as coherent as it gets on his debut recording....

Boku Mo Wakaran

6 / 10 Sounds crazy and, in fact, it is. Poland's 21-year-old [a]Bogdan Raczynski[/a] calls his music 'samurai math beats' and that's about as coherent as it gets on his debut recording. There are 26 tracks, none of which have names, and he made it on a battered old laptop. Chances are, it's not going to be amazing.







The good news is that this is just the first instalment in a trilogy of increasingly listener-friendly Bogdan albums to be released between now and September, the last of which should contain that crossover breakbeat smash. In the meantime, we have to endure childish, erratic and incessantly berserk fragments of drill'n'bass and distorted vocal samples which largely suggest that Bogdan has the technology and capability, but can't frankly be arsed.







Like playing a damaged Aphex Twin CD, 'Boku Mo Wakaran' is a frustrating and unrewarding experience. The point, one assumes, is to baffle us into indifference before dazzling us with future material, and to that extent it works. And that the last three tracks veer successfully from demonic jungle to a mournful - and surprisingly [I]considered[/I] - trumpet solo implies that some of the more pleasant songs made it on here prematurely. An oversight, evidently, but a reassuring oversight nonetheless.

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