Dor ~ Housekeeping

DorJacob plays drums, John plays bass.  Dor is drums and bass, not drum ‘n’ bass.  But when their electronics are added to the equation, the combination produces real sparks.  Even a short piece such as “brick” contains a certain mystery: tambourine echoes giving way to a fizzling drone while a bongo-styled rhythm sets the pace and the bass provides the anchor.

It may be difficult to tell which of the duo is the central character, as each participates in a significant way, but it’s easy to intuit that live performance – even recorded and processed – is more important here than electronic additions.  Dor finds a place at the electronic table for two typically uninvited guests, and makes the regulars wonder why they weren’t on the list.  With a little bit of imagination, one can picture some of the longer tracks as 12″s spinning in a techno club, adding verisimilitude to the speaker-bursting sonics.

Dor’s apparent influences bridge a gap between the two worlds.  The pulses of “easter parade” sound like classic Depeche Mode / Front 242, while later tracks bring back memories of vintage Peter Hook.  (Hook’s absence from the latest New Order collection was clearly felt; saddened fans may wish to turn here for comfort.)  Each of those groups dealt with construction as well as pattern, which is what makes Dor’s foray effective; it’s not simply a matter of combining the organic and the electronic, but doing so with style.  It’s almost unfair to suggest remixes, as this implies a missing element; in this case, the suggestion stems from the desire to hear more: more of the electronics on “easter parade”, more of the bass on “white tie”, more of the percussion on “listening post”.  Each has the potential to break through in a big way.  Three hit singles on a debut album?  It’s entirely possible.  It may seem strange to say that electronic music can benefit from more non-electronic elements.  But if Dor holds fast to its key ingredients – drums and bass – critical acclaim may be joined by mainstream success.  (Richard Allen)

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