Wanker Of The 1st Degree - The Reykjavik Grapevine

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Wanker Of The 1st Degree

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Published September 26, 2008

This debut is an absolute scattershot of electronic ideas, but just because you are scatterbrained doesn’t necessarily mean you are a wanker. With a blockbusting sixteen tracks, clocking in at just over 36 minutes, the trouble is that an idea doesn’t get the opportunity to flourish like it deserves and that’s a shame. The sound is very reminiscent of British contemporary Nathan Fake, employing Yamaha keyboard distortion to a very choppy effect like in the excellent ‘Blast Them All’. If only the idea was fleshed out beyond its mere 1 minute and 40 seconds, then it could form part of the spine of the album. This is not yet fully realised enough to be termed Intelligent Dance Music™ but it does display compelling potential. The next step for Jósef Karl Gunnarsson will be an interesting one and despite the apparent inconsistency here, he can still go and rub one out in satisfaction.  

THE VERDICT
Newcomer is a little hard on himself in his choice of name

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