Electronic duoâ€™s are sprouting up everywhere these days. In Canada alone we have Crystal Castles, Woodhands and Thunderheist, to name just three of the best. And thatâ€™s limiting it to groups who have just two members. There is no shortage of great new electronic bands, all of which are pushing the sonic envelope in their own way to create fresh new sounds. Thereâ€™s something for everyone; from the lucid ambience of Pantha du Prince or the sensual smoky dance floor beats of Holy Fuck, to the processed cheese of Berlin Brides. Lots of different sounds, but the one thing all these electronic bands have in common is an ability to create smooth grooves… which is why I find it a chore to listen to this album from Vancouver dance duo Destineak.
Destineakâ€™s Sirens is a jagged collection of uninspired, and frankly unlistenable, tunes. Things start badly with â€śCalling Your Nameâ€ť which combines jarring vocals with equally jarring loops. Next comes â€śJust The Musicâ€ť, which blatantly wants to be a dance-floor anthem but everything about it sounds so harsh and clumsy: there is no fluidity to it, and you can almost visualize the song structure which has been ripped right out of a book titled Templates For Making Dance Radio Pap. â€śJust The Musicâ€ť is audio torture, but for whatever reason Destineak thought it necessary to include this song twice, with the inclusion of a longer, remixed version. Similar crimes are made elsewhere with three other songs also getting repeated with re-mixed versions, adding up to a total of 4 remixes throughout Sirens’ 12 tracks.
At a time when there are so many great new electronic artists emerging, Destineak are an electronic atrocity who cut and paste their music together with all the deftness of a toddler in pre-school making macaroni art.Â Actually, thatâ€™s unfair on toddlers but hopefully you get the sloppy, shoddily-stuck-together-with-craft-glue picture. Get your groove on elsewhere: there is so much good new electronic music out there to listen to.
Â© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice