Brothomstates : Claro
Lassi Nikko is a serious young man making serious electronic music...
Lassi Nikko is a serious young man making serious electronic music. As
Brothomstates, the talented 24-year-old Finn dedicates the hours outside his
flashy new media job in Helsinki to constructing the kind of striking and
meticulous compositions you would expect to find on Autechre’s hard-drive.
Listening to the crisp rhythms and generous melodies of ‘Claro’, it’s
evident that the Warp factor is a significant one for Nikko, and for him to
have this alluring collection released by the label is, you imagine, a
considerable personal achievement.
As befits a producer whose debut long-player, 1998’s ‘Kobn-tich-ey’, was one
of the first mp3-only releases, Nikko handles the artificial with
intelligence and integrity. ‘Claro’ is a very well-made and frequently
beautiful album (‘Mdrmx’ is expertly chilled, ‘Brothomstate Ipxen’ is
graceful lop-sided house) but on occasion the emphasis is placed too heavily
on style rather than substance. At 70 minutes in length, there is a
noticeable amount of unnecessary ambient fluff.
While last month’s excellent ‘Qtio EP’ revealed in half-an-hour all that is
good and varied about Brothomstates (machine funk, a human touch), ‘Claro’
spends a long time lucidly articulating the same thing. But for what it is,
this is a solid, sober work. Next time, some humour wouldn’t go amiss.