"EXILE - DIMENSION D "

REVIEWS



WIND AND WIRE (USA):
Exile is actually a pseudonym for Erik Wollo, and Dimension D fits nicely into the realm of intelligent
dance-oriented fare that Origo Sound has been producing. Beginning with the appropriately titled "Urban Zoo,"
very synthesized bird and animal calls meld together with a cool bass beat. They aren't really bird and animal
noises, but the intended effect is achieved. If Johannes Schmoelling decided to do a techno or dance remix of Zoo of
Tranquillity, it might sound something like this.

The layout of the music is very interesting. Interspersed throughout the fourteen tracks are five "episodes."
For example, track two is "Episode I," track five is "Episode II," and so on. In between are songs like "Timewind",
with its strong beat and warbly synth effects, sounding more like Pete Namlook or Spyra than Klaus Schulze.
As with other Origo Sound releases, Wollo seems to enjoy placing odd samples into the mix - a voice here,
a siren there. Easily one of my favorites is "Innovation," an irresistibly catchy number beginning with unusual
percussion, yielding to a hard-hitting drumbeat that will get you out of your chair and moving. Pseudo-tribal sounds are
mixed with very modern elements, and it works to perfection.

"Innovation" personifies the spirit of fun to be had throughout Dimension D. The mood turns dramatic on "Episode II" as
aliens drop anchor, opening large metal bay doors as they touch down. "I Will Be There" is a moody, quirky piece, featuring samples from Laurie Anderson's Bright Red CD. The remainder explores mostly upbeat terrain, except for a surprise
ending.

Dimension D is very electronic, very cool, and thoroughly entertaining.
Phil Derby