Ilkae | Bring Extra Dragons

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Bring Extra Dragons

by Ilkae

Their musical style could best be described as a mangled pairing of video games, hip hop and electronic trickery.
Genre: Electronic: Breakbeat/Breaks
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1. Soda's Theme
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2. Argus Eyes
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3. Promenade
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4. Smok Ballet
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5. Scarlet
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6. Canneberge
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7. You're A Slow One, Little Bear
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8. Motto Hiryuu Motte Kudasai
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9. Konkon
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10. Equate With Oxen
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11. The Lockpick Almanac
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12. Cinnamon Dragon Blues
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13. Intimidate Intimate Inmate
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14. Smok Battle
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15. Rodomontade
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16. Exit Theme & Victory March
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17. Proswell Remix
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ilkae, composed of Aaron Munson and Krystian Lubiszewski, representing from Canada and Poland respectively, present their second full length outing on Merck. What will also be there final release, as they have since gone separate ways. Their musical style could best be described as a mangled pairing of video games, hip hop and electronic trickery. Their youth is reflected on this 16 track, 55 minute adventure, that bounces all over the place with lots of energy and chip influenced spunk. A light hearted romp with most tracks remaining around two to four minutes in length. Served best during a gaming session from your 360 Hard Drive, or when you can't find your ritalin.


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Ted Skeans Jr

Refreshing melodies coupled with sonic treats.
There's nothing I don't like about this album. It inspires and entertains. You get more melodies in 2 minutes here than an evening at the pops.

Involutus

Of the Ilk of A(e) Plus Music
Among the best releases of 2006, and one of the more original and refreshing CDs I've purchased on a combination sound-clip/whim, Bring Extra Dragons augments the realm of IDM with a more direct and overt melodic sensibility and a more chord-progression-centric structural development, all the while avoiding the cliches of both computer music and the pop/jazz/video game influences. The opening track, Soda Theme, sets the general tone of the CD with the layers of sawtoothed timbres and jittering clicks and clacks that recall the 8-bit, skillfully set atop an infectiously funky breakbeat, all of which will concertedly out snap, crackle, and pop any bowl of Rice Krispies. The deliberate nature and fast pace of this and other tracks contribute to the one downfall of the recording (other than the fact that this apparently will be Ilkae's last release), namely that the record is too short and leaves the listener wanting another 17 tracks, though admittedly not as much a flaw as a testiment to time flying by in the presence of fun. Other highlights include the synth-waltz of Cannebarge, the grinding vibrations of Equate the Oxen, and the teleportating glissandi of Exit Theme. Highly recommended to fans of the schizophrenia of artists like Aphex Twin or Squarepusher (or for that matter Buckethead, with the candy-necklace of contrasting interludes that are easily digested by those with shorter attention spans), or for anyone that's a sucker for a keyboard or three.

CD Baby


Oh, how I love Ilkae. Give me the meat of the breakbeat and the sweetness of little synth melodies and I'm set for months. Where their previous effort, "Pistachio Island", was filled with 45 tiny songs (all of which are completely charming and still make the rounds in my listening), this release lays down longer, more complete pieces using what I'm compelled to call pop with mechanics. Pop mechanics? Anyway, the balance is fantastic; you get the perfect amount of glitchy beat with the melodies and vice versa. Most of what you'll hear are quirky and happy IDM, but they can also take a breather and offer songs that are more ambient and relaxed, though not stepping all the way out to soundscape. It's full and realized, complex and layered, textured and slick. All in all, there's nothing I'd rather have with me on a train ride in Japan.

Brock

Impossible
This band is proven impossible to hate.

Brock

Impossible
This band is proven impossible to hate.