• Band Name: Pole
  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Apr 22, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Betke masterfully manipulates space and echo. [25 Apr 2003, p.151]
  2. 80
    Skewed hip hop soundscapes with hints of slinky R&B that could even be described as DJ-friendly. [Jul 2003, p.124]
  3. Pole’s familiar synth-hissing static has been removed but a chilled atmosphere remains, successfully transforming this release into four club-friendly tracks that will leave you feeling warmer than a glass of red wine.
  4. The entropic quality of the ‘yellow’ Pole has undergone a ‘rehab’ of sorts, resulting in a cleaner and reinvigorated sound.
  5. Betke's more minimal application of sound has opened up acres of sonic real estate between the beats.
  6. The feel... is more relaxed, more organic, more approachable. [#230, p.69]
  7. There's no doubt that Betke hasn't lost his finesse in creating tracks, but after such a long hiatus, this EP is a little lacking in the excitement department.
  8. This is an interesting first step into new territory, a statement of intent.
  9. 60
    At its best, Pole's new sound is winning. [May 2003, p.98]
  10. Beats and percussive effects are far more present and grounded in hip-hop as much as they are rooted in dub, which lend the tracks an organic touch never before present.

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