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DROELOE – A Moment In Time

I know I can be a bit hyperbolic about the music I review (blame it on being passionate about others’ creative endeavors), but here’s a statement I say with the utmost confidence: DROELOE are one of the most unique electronic acts in the game. I had the pleasure of seeing them live alongside San Holo earlier this year, and with all due respect to their bitbird label boss, they were the undisputed highlight of the night. Not only did their original tunes absolutely slay a packed Exchange crowd, but their visual presence was astounding; backed by towering graphics with an indescribable amount of depth as their signature skull circled throughout various landscapes, they provided a hypnotizing experience usually reserved for established industry juggernauts.

Their debut EP, A Moment In Time, takes the creative conception on display at Exchange and channels it into a subdued yet nuanced approach that fleshes out their ever-evolving world of sight and sound. Led by immediately recognizable synthesizers with a warped edge, the five-track release winds through glitchy, ultra-melodic territory where a sense of wonder is the status quo. Just as DROELOE know how to engage with thousands of ravers in a high-energy Los Angeles club, they know how to engage the sole listener at home with headphones on, sinking away into an audible fantasyland that somehow feels like home.

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DROELOE – In Time (Feat. Bella Doron)

I allow few things in our world the complement of being called meticulous. It is an adjective reserved for the synthesis of computer chips, the inner workings of a clock, the complex anatomies of our bodies…and Droeloe music production. High praise indeed.

In my humble yet critical opinion there exist no more detail-oriented electronic producers than the duo known as Droeloe, who hail from the Netherlands but provide little biographical information. On their latest offering — In Time (feat. Bella Doron) — Synthetic plucks and syncopated claps and pops mesh intricately over a steel plate of industrial bass, creating an elaborate matrix that conjures visions of some dark, fastidious god of the machine. The same can be said for their iconic ‘zZz’ release. I wonder if the two that make up Droeloe are in fact robots themselves, calculating sonic mosaics in metal brains that would drive most humans mad to behold.

Occasionally I contemplate The Singularity; i.e. the hypothesis that the invention of artificial super-intelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in a powerful AI that would far surpass human intelligence. Basically, The Matrix — a future where machines could run the earth while us inferior humans die out, victims of limited and therefore obsolete understanding.

The only reason I mention this at all, is that in an era of cyborg dominance the machines might very well allow Droeloe to be the last humans left, providing a mechanical soundtrack to annihilation of life as we know it…motivating emotionless agendas, and fueling the automated hedonism of machines as they dance.

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