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LJ Kruzer - manhood & electronics
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LJ Kruzer

manhood & electronics

Uncharted Audio

Released: 3rd August 2009 | 10 track leftfield/idm album
LJ Kruzer is Stephen Fiske, a resident of London, England, and producer of melodic electronic music, using the piano as a common theme, with a focus on ambience and synth drones. The son of a Wiltshire vicar, Kruzer began writing music on a Yamaha keyboard that his father used to accompany hymn singing in church, taking influence from the early work of Mouse On Mars, Tindersticks and Miles Davis. Following a string of well-received singles for Uncharted Audio and appearances on likeminded labels such as Ai, his debut album 'This Is How I Write' garnered critical acclaim from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs and Mixmaster Morris and led to a memorable appearance at the Big Chill festival. Returning to the studio to create a more streamlined sound, where the emphasis moved from beats and melody to variations in sonic texture, drawing inspiration from a broad spectrum of contemporary electronic music and pioneers such as Brian Eno and Isao Tomita, the results can be heard on his second album 'Manhood & Electronics'. A digital-only taster for the album entitled Tam Variations which included eight experimental reworkings of one of the album tracks was an instant success and topped blog aggregator The Hype Machine's 'most popular' chart. File next to: Stars of the Lid, Tobias Hume, Steve Reich, Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada, Fennesz Sales Points - Full press campaign by EPM - LJ Kruzer has tracks licensed to worldwide compilations on current release including John Tejada's Fabric44 and James Zabiela's Renaissance Masters mixes. - LJ Kruzer has recently remixed Alice Russell and been remixed by Plaid.
"Top of the pile for laid-back listening… as each piece unfolds, you are dragged deeper into the soothing textures"
"a mood music masterwork 5/5 Essential"
Kris Needs, DMC Update
"beautiful, subtle.... glorious 4/5"
Richard Brophy, DJ Magazine
"an opus of ambient and drone-based electronica propelled by piano and synthesizer"
Irish Daily Star
"Beautiful - nice one!"
Strictly Kev (NinjaTune)
"one of this year's landmark albums"
Lend Me Your Ears
"directed at the observant listener.. a confident, intricate and resourceful ambient electronic album"