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Robert Logan - Cognessence
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Robert Logan

Cognessence

Slowfoot Records

Released: 18th February 2008 | 10 track leftfield/idm album

Cognessence is the debut album from 19 year old Robert Logan who composed, performed and produced this dark matter in his garden shed. Rob was introduced to Slowfoot Records by producer Ivor Guest for whom he has contributed textures and beats for Grace Jones on her forthcoming new release. An album of dense, brooding electronica, Cognessence explores a wide range of atmospheres and emotions, from dark, cluttered, paranoid places to somewhere near the edge of the dance floor - 'I tried to create something that is not only complex and engaging on a technical level, but also emotional and immediate'. Rob draws upon a wide range of influences from folk, medieval and classical to krautrock and electronica. He fuses acoustic and electronic instruments and sound sources including medieval instruments and field recordings. His complex and restless rhythms carry an echo of his half Hungarian background and its rich musical history. His production skills are edge of the seat, playful and asymmetrical - a powerful assimilation of recent trends that mellows with repeated listens to reveal a strong melodic instinct.

...something of a prodigy... ...Robert Logan is a man that is already showing a maturity and a musical/textural understanding that many never find [BBC]

The essential last word in electronic soundscapes. [DJ magazine]

Fraught and broody... ...Logan is versatile and imaginative. [The Wire]

There are few signs of innocence in his sophisticated debut, either, with Logan taking on the stylistic might of titans such as Massive Attack and Autechre... ...there seems to be little out of reach for such prodigious, sure-footed talent. [Flavorpill]

Teenage laptop tricksters debut... ...brooding fractured rhythms and dark electronic atmospheres... *** [Q magazine]

Absolutely outstanding...impossible to quantify [Mary Anne Hobbs - BBC Radio 1]

Robert Logan is another one of those dudes who you'll grow to become
envious of over time. Repeated listens to his debut Cognessence stir up a
bittersweet mixture of awe and envy. This cat is 19 and he's doing things in
his garden shed with distortion and electronics that makes speakers quake
in a very different way. - [Rock A Rolla]

The only discernible influences I can ascertain on this rollercoaster of dark ambient/post-industrialism are perhaps the moody paranoia of Massive Attack or the muddy, mashed up rhythms of Amon Tobin, but Cognessence is so rich and varied in its moods, and so thoughtfully and expertly textured, that the results pretty much transcend the requirement for comparisons – the album sits entirely on a ledge of its own. [Barcode]

This is kind of awesome. The last word in studious electronica's re-imagining of
Grime and Dubstep. At moments it is preposterously architectured, like a housing
estate built by Iannis Xenakis hellbent on fully exploring the possibilities of
concrete. [Woebot]

Excellent record all around, one that only gets more intensely rewarding with time. [Gaz-eta]

"The essential last word in electronic soundscapes."
DJ Magazine
"Fraught and broody... ...Logan is versatile and imaginative."
The Wire
"Teenage laptop tricksters debut... ...brooding fractured rhythms and dark electronic atmospheres..."
Q Magazine
"There are few signs of innocence in his sophisticated debut, either, with Logan taking on the stylistic might of titans such as Massive Attack and Autechre... ...there seems to be little out of reach for such prodigious, sure-footed talent."
Flavorpill
"Absolutely outstanding...impossible to quantify"
Mary Anne-Hobbs, Radio 1
"The only discernible influences I can ascertain on this rollercoaster of dark ambient/post-industrialism are perhaps the moody paranoia of Massive Attack or the muddy, mashed up rhythms of Amon Tobin, but Cognessence is so rich and varied in its moods, and so thoughtfully and expertly textured, that the results pretty much transcend the requirement for comparisons – the album sits entirely on a ledge of its own."
Barcode
"This is kind of awesome. The last word in studious electronica's re-imagining of Grime and Dubstep. At moments it is preposterously architectured, like a housing estate built by Iannis Xenakis hellbent on fully exploring the possibilities of concrete."
Woebot
"Robert Logan is another one of those dudes who you'll grow to become envious of over time. Repeated listens to his debut Cognessence stir up a bittersweet mixture of awe and envy. This cat is 19 and he's doing things in his garden shed with distortion and electronics that makes speakers quake in a very different way."
Oli Marlowe, Rock A Rolla
"...something of a prodigy... ...Robert Logan is a man that is already showing a maturity and a musical/textural understanding that many never find"
BBC
"Excellent record all around, one that only gets more intensely rewarding with time."
Gaz-eta