Review: Dinky – Dimension D (Album)

Dinky – I Saw (Original Mix)
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Dinky – Xanex (Original Mix)
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Dinky – Falling Angel (Original Mix)
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Dinky – Dust (Original Mix)
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Berlin is the place to be for both creators and lovers of electronic music. Amongst those creators we find Dinky, who now releases her fifth studio album on Berlin-based label Visionquest. For me reviewing this album meant getting in touch with the mind of what I now regard as one of Berlin’s many promising producers.

Let’s jump right to it. One firm conclusion that we can draw is that ”Dimension D” can barely be called deep house. It’s definitely deep, but even though house can be broadly interpreted, this doesn’t really fit the genre. And even though my love for deep house is thorough, I don’t mind at all. This is an album the way it was meant to be; a story told by its maker and in order to achieve something like that it is more than logical that its contents are of a calmer kind than when creating a single or EP. Nonetheless, it’s tracks such as ”Falling Angel” that do give the album a bit more spice.

But except for ”Almonds”, none of the other tracks are in my eyes meant to be blown through club speakers: ”Dimension D” is a true listening album. The kind you put on to sit back in your comfy chair and listen to thoroughly. Or slowly fall asleep to: I think you’ll have amazing dreams if you let yourself drift away slowly on the dark, eerie night-minded tunes the album embodies. This becomes clear right after you’ve put on the album and ”I Saw” quietly takes the stage. A short intro track, but very impressive nonetheless and I can’t help but hoping that some respected artist (perhaps Mathew Styles – who also remixed ”Falling Angel” vĂ©ry properly) will take the essence of the track and transform it to something bigger. A track with huge potential waiting to be unleashed, that’s for sure.

Up next is ”Measures”, which is in the same key as the previous track and therefore fits in nicely. It’s a bit of a scary track with that haunting vocal and raw saw-synth. Could be used in a Dracula-movie if you ask me. ”Xanex” – as the name already suggests – doesn’t change this vibe at all (Xanex is a fear-surpression drug). I think it’s one of the darkest tracks of the album and though its BPM is quite low, it grooves a lot. One of my favorite tracks on the album.
And then there’s ”Dimension D” itself. A lot brighter, even a bit loungy, it sets off as something of a holiday-track. Dinky’s vocal floats alongside arpeggiated synths (that remind me of ”Schwindelig” by Kollektiv Turmstrasse) in a calm way and even though the percussion is on the busy side, nothing gets emphasized too strongly. After ”Falling Angels”, Dinky turns it down a couple of notches with the super-calm ”Witches” which is one of the more melancholical tracks. Interesting about this is that it’s placed between two rather uplifting tracks, as ”Blind” is on the jazzy side. And even though this is less to my liking, it still creates a nice contrast that can be found in other parts of the album as well if you look for them. Dinky uses both differences in tempo (”Almonds” is up-tempo and right after she turns it down again with ”Heathrow”) as in melody to keep your attention and these efforts pay off. ”Heathrow” is a funny name for such a calm track by the way, as it is one of the worlds busiest airports. Not exactly a place to calm down I’d say: maybe another contrast within the track itself?

The last three tracks ”Dust”, ”La Noche” (which means The Night – aptly named) and ”Blayo” together form a harmonic end to the album. This is ambient music at its best, and I had to try real hard not to fall asleep whilst sitting at my computer past midnight. Which in this case is a good thing, as these tracks in their constellation created an atmosphere that made me recall pretty much every sunset I’ve ever encountered. It was like a warm blanket was gently placed over me and you could almost use these tracks as a lullaby.

There’s a very good reason why I decided to just describe each of ”Dimension D” its tracks: there is a huge connection between these tracks and to review them in another order than Dinky provided just wouldn’t do right to those distinct decisions. I have no doubt it might be something a lot of you need to get used to, but once you open up yourself to this kind of music you’ll find that it is just so much more than just ‘chill to listen to’. Dinky stated she took a large amount of time creating this album. I feel this effort has paid off, resulting in a mature album that is likely to please connaisseurs in particular but might even have a shot with a large audience.

Take my advise: put this on at around 11 PM with a cold beer whilst sitting in the most comfortable chair you have available. Then just slowly close your eyes and let the music take control. It sounds a bit fuzzy and perhaps it even is, but try and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.