Posted on May 30th, 2013 (8:30 am) by Zachary Stavriotis

I am admittedly one of the people who fear a real life Skynet. I refuse to go to the self-checkout counters even if the lines for human clerks are long. I hate when a car demands that I put on my seat belt. Sure, it may be for the best, but I prefer to tell my car what to do and not the other way around. Sometimes I wonder if a machine-induced apocalypse would stem from the continued evolution of the technology we create or the resulting devolution of the atrophied race that built the robot armies in the first place.

Olugbenga’s first solo release Hafiza [INNOCENCE] is a prime example of the negative side of increasingly advanced technologies. We invent some new gadget to placate a need or want and then use it as a crutch until we can’t walk on our own. This is the story of both the Robot Armageddon and ex-Metronomy bassist turned electronic solo artist Olugbenga Adelekan.

As a bassist in a groovy indie-pop four-piece Adelekan was more than adept and even admirable to musicians and writers alike. I would even stretch to compare him to John Entwistle in his style of writing. His bass lines, while brilliant, selflessly hide in plain sight behind the rest of the song. It might take a handful of listens of any given song by Metronomy or The Who before fully appreciating all that’s going on in the bass line. As an electronica producer, going simply by Olugbenga (at times reminding us that “the G is silent” without specifying which), he loses his appreciation for subtle harmonies and may be finding too many tools at his disposal. There is an infinite number of things you can do with four strings and twenty-something frets and yet a bass guitar can seem so much simpler than an intricate computer program hooked up to a MIDI keyboard.

Hafiza [INNOCENCE] is over-complicated and under-whelming. Effects sound out of place and the one line of heavily doctored vocals grows old too quickly. I used to complain about dubstep and use the argument that Protools and FruityLoops made anyone with a Mac and a few hundred dollars laying around feel like a veteran musician, but now I can see that even veteran musicians can become drunk with unending computerized aural powers and want to show off their new toys.

Track List:
1. Hafiza [INNOCENCE]
2. I Can Be Whatever You're After
3. Time Dollars

Olugbanga, Hafiza [INNOCENCE], Metronomy,
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