Combining the loose swagger of Detroit hip-hop (Slum Village, et al.) and the minimal glitch ethos of modern hybrid IDM (Chocolate Industries, Schematic, etc.), One/Three is a concise, albeit bizarre study in abstract beatscapes. Under his Dabrye alias, Tadd Mullinix couples his oddbal sense of humor with his love for the hip-hop instrumental, grinding out compelling cut-up beats that are as strangely listenable as some of the skittering R&B symphonies heard on pop radio lately.
The first LP in a trilogy of the Dabrye sound, One/Three diminishes the space between the cerebral and the sexual in this blend of abstract electronics and attempts to tie the immediate past to the way-far future, with more than pleasurable results.
“Dabrye’s beats are like Jay Dee getting crunked up with Autechre.”
Scott Herren (AKA Prefuse 73)
“The vein of glitch has been feeling a bit tapped out lately- the lode’s proved so plentiful that it’s depressed the value of the gilded grit that increasing numbers of bit-miners bring to market. But damned if Dabrye, aka Ann Arbor’s Tadd Mullinix, hasn’t turned up a wheelbarrow full of bright, shiny nuggets. At first listen, his fuzzy desktop downtempo will earn comparisons with Mille Plateaux’s recent Click-Hop compilation, but he draws on more varied sources to come up with an album that owes as much to Moodymann as Oval. ‘The Lish’ wants to be two-step but doesn’t know it (and its saccharine sax is a wonderful anachronism amidst the sandblasted digitalia). ‘Truffle No Shuffle’ turns a set of vibes into liquid light, while ‘I’m Missing You” goes for a Theo Parrish-style drunken disco wash, a schizo chorus of sped-up voices and birdcalls flitting about. Beneath every track lie googly eyed basslines played on rubber Moog. Best of all, Dabrye’s parched digital rhythms sound somehow handmade, fraught with glitches and unapologetically lazy when it comes to timekeeping.” – Philip Sherburne, Wire magazine, Issue 215, Jan. 2002
Dabrye (an alias of Ann Arbor’s Tadd Mullinix) is best known for creating head-nodding beats with saw-tooth bass lines and a keen eye to forward-thinking production. With support from both t...check out Dabrye's page and other releases