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  • Summary: The Berlin-based ex-sound engineer releases her debut full-length album of electronic music influenced by dubstep.
  • Record Label: Ninja Tune
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Trip-Hop, Electronica, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    With Emika, then, the hiding is over, her close-up appearing clearly on the cover of this varied and impressive 12 song record.
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    Listen on a good system and you'll be entrapped and immersed.
  3. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    12 fascinating electro-symphoic constructions informed by dubstep and Delia Darbyshire's BBC Radiophonic Workshop experiments. [Nov 2011, p.103]
  4. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    It's the sheer intensity of the whole package that seduces.
  5. Dec 8, 2011
    80
    Techno meets dubstep in this dark twist on electronica. [Dec. 2011, p. 126]
  6. Dec 8, 2011
    80
    Be it the furious pounding bass of the dubstep angle she toys with, or the amorphous dark ambient she seems to wallow in, whatever led you to Emika's debut LP will also leave you breathless.
  7. Mar 16, 2012
    60
    Cognitive distortion is all over Emika and can at times be sublime... [However] there are points on the album meant to pierce that don't hit hard enough and moments of unease which seem swamped down by the overproduction muck.

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  1. Feb 26, 2013
    10
    Emika's unique sound is eerily evocative of both Prague in the early 20th century and Bristol in the 24th century. Her deliberatelyEmika's unique sound is eerily evocative of both Prague in the early 20th century and Bristol in the 24th century. Her deliberately dispassionate, sometimes replicant-like voice is often backed by a stark chorus of beats and her dark, distorted, minor key piano compositions that show off her Czech heritage and influences. An album that should make both Burial and Leoš Janáček proud. Expand