Space Zone - Young Smoke
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 25, 2012
    60
    The whole program bounces back and forth in this way, sometimes impressing with complex and compelling beats and textures, then disappointing with relentless repetition of uninspired ideas.
  2. Oct 4, 2012
    70
    Young Smoke's not trying to push things forward. Instead, he's trying to take the genre somewhere it hasn't really gone yet, by introducing new textures, giving his productions more space and room to breathe, and infusing the results with a dose of humor. Whether or not he gets there remains to be seen, but joining him on the ride provides its own level of fascination.
  3. Nov 29, 2012
    80
    This collection by 18-year-old Chicagoan David Davis makes footworking beats accessible. [Dec 2012, p.106]
  4. Oct 31, 2012
    70
    This is a solid record from a talented producer who is well worth keeping an eye on.
  5. Sep 27, 2012
    80
    As adventurous as it is tuneful, and sealed in cover art even Def Leppard wouldn't sign off, it's an aggressive little record that takes you into the cosmos without making you leave your bedroom or put down the joypad.
  6. Sep 27, 2012
    80
    It's a stand-up, spaced-out entry in the already formidable footwork scene.
  7. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    A unique, immersive and trippy release full of unusual, angular samples and disorienting beats that recalls the early days of techno with its sci-fi themes and bold, (retro-)futuristic approach.
  8. Nov 1, 2012
    90
    Smoke has certainly raised the stakes for any aspiring Chicago producer in creating the most consolidated longform effort in the genre to date.
  9. Sep 27, 2012
    80
    Space Zone keeps the bar propped up impressively high without treading back over old ground.
  10. Sep 27, 2012
    75
    In spite of its occasional missteps, it ably bridges futuristic synthscapes with the rhythmic dexterity of footwork's foremost practitioners.
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  1. Nov 20, 2012
    7
    A great debut release and a solid electronic record in general, 'Space Zone' captures all of the bleeping, buzzing, video game-like flourishes of what I imagine space would most likely sound like when translated to fast tempo dance music. It reminds me of a previous electronic release 'Glass Swords' by Rustie, but this album is much more energetic (and that's saying something, considering Rustie's style is all about quick payoff). Recommendable to anyone looking for a breath of fresh air in techno. Full Review »