Reviewed by Sam Eccleston (Pitchfork)
There's an old quip that writing about art is like dancing about architecture. (Yes, that old thing.) Well, Jega went to architecture school with µ-ziq and Aphex Twin, so he'd know more about that than most. Unsurprisingly, Jega sounds not unlike his better-known classmates. Falling squarely into the this-is-techno-but-don't-dance-to-it camp, Dylan Nathan tics and quirks like any addled British gent with too much time, an ugly beard (I presume) and an 808 should.
Reviewed by Andrew Midgley (Igloomag.com)
It's easy to step back in awe when hearing a release that covers so much electronic ground, from cutting-edge cut-up digital distortion, to warm analog melodies, to video-game noise. The album opens with "Alternating Bit," an ominous intro that keeps a rising crescendo going for the entire length of the track, not serving to build up the climax of the track itself, but to build up to the mind-numbing tracks that follow. "Syntax Tree" and "Breakpoint Envelope" are pure
Reviewed by Peter Orlov (CMJ New Music)
Forget rocking simple blocks. Jega's all about sculpting high-end, abstract beat architecture, blowing it to smithereens, then watching where the sonic shrapnel lands. Digitally abrasive almost beyond the call of art on his '98 debut, Dylan "Jega" Nathan's new Geometry actually finds him reeling in his rhythmic prowess toward something that, at times, approaches contemplation. Not that he doesn't still enjoy acting like a hyper grad student running amok with a
Reviewed by Sarah Mearon (The Stanford Daily)
With its deluge of digital distortion and spasmatic beats, Jega's second album is an inspired creation of electronic sound. "Geometry" is a mix of perturbed beatitudes that is nonetheless a thematic album unified by chaos. Hailing from Manchester, England, Jega is 26-year-old Dylan Nathan, a former architecture school student whose raw talent was originally captured on several seven-inch and twelve-inch E.P.s from a few small U.K. labels. "Spectrum" was his first
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