A beautiful yet cryptic assault on the mind and soul - 'Communication' captures fear, loneliness and heartbreak, sending rays of light through your darkest thoughts.
An entirely sample-based album made exclusively on headphones, the conscious decision to abandon monitor speakers informs its texture and charm: it really feels as if it was made inside Rubik's mind.
Stylistically the album was influenced by everything from juke to ambient, black metal to classical, and contains sample material covering at least 200 years worth of music from 3 continents.
Remarkable and emotionally engaging, the music ranges in scope from the tragically bleak to the thought-provokingly sublime.
Don't play this if you're having a party. It'll put everyone in a terrible mood. Want something beautiful to burn a hole in your brain? Communication will do the trick. Rubik is a bloke called Shaun Yule who got the dubstep thing out of his system on his last album. Now he's treading a line between morose and sentimental and pulling it off fairly elegantly.
SOUND ON SOUND
Listening to Shaun ‘Rubik’ Yule’s second LP, ‘Communication’, is an eerie experience, comparable to watching a 1930s sci-fi movie in a darkened room by yourself when your parents are away, and then having to go up the stairs and past the dark windows before you go to bed. We’ve all done it (I think), but it’s not the most pleasurable of experiences. That said, this almost entirely sample-based album is an unusual experiment into music production, not least because it was made exclusively on headphones, rather than with a traditional studio monitor setup. As a result, the quiet and fragile textures of the sounds made me feel as if I was sat inside Rubik’s mind. I guess if I was in an actual sci-fi film, that would be possible, if I had a little spaceship and I could be shrunk to the size of a pea. In other words, it’s quite evocative!
Musically, this LP is most reminiscent of electronic artist The Caretaker, who also happens to share Rubik’s interest in musically exploring the inner workings of the mind. If you like your music dark, linear and deeply ambient, then this album is well worth checking out. Albeit with the lights on.