• Dykehouse - Dynamic Obsolescence

    Reviewed by Joshua Glazer (all music guide)

    Dykehouse - Dynamic Obsolescence

    Mike Dykehouse hails from western Michigan, located halfway between Detroit's pristine techno community and Chicago's jackin' house scene. And his unique name first came into recognition after playing the inaugural Detroit Electronic Music Festival. His music, however, is much more akin to the IDM movement from European quarters. Assembled by Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq) from a collection of home recordings produced between 1996-2001, Dynamic Obsolescence shows the depth and maturity of an artist who has been making music long before gaining any recognition. The essential beats are a calliope of turning gears and possessed typewriters tuned to a variety of mellow and harsh timbres. But Dykehouse's true mastery is at the hands of the keyboard where he produces an abundance of rich and beautiful synth melodies. Tracks entitled "Chapel Hillectro" and "Ypsitucky" reveal a lighthearted irreverence when it comes to geography, but the music contained within is a fortunately discovered collection of grade-A electronic compositions.

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