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"CacheFlowe - Automate Everything review"

On his debut full-length album, "Automate Everything", CacheFlowe a.k.a. Justin Gitlin from Denver, Colorado, draws upon a plethora of inspiration which includes everything from old school hip hop, jazz, 8 bit and electro to drum'n'bass, glitch, IDM and even funk and rock'n'roll. These influences have all been seamlessly incorporated into 16 very solid tracks that take you on a journey through Cacheflowe's wondrously complex musical universe.
"Automate Everything" kicks off with a bang: zapping analogue synth drones zoom in only to be punched out by a steady, heavy breakbeat that quickly morphs in and out of spastic, cut-up and textured drum'n'bass rhythms and progressively adopts phat grooves and laid back and catchy melodies into the fold and "Ahh... Huh" preps up the listener for what's to follow. The title track is a quirky homage to technology, computers, our bodies and evolution. It's nice and melodic, with spoken word lyrics that are playfully intertwined with the cut-up synths and the spastic, yet coherent beats. The fifth track, "Casio Vs. Heavy Metal" transforms itself from a lighthearted and melodic track with nice, crunchy 8-bit goodness to an all out rocking beat assault. Track seven, Cacheflowe's remix of George & Caplin's "Headed Home", has an almost hauntingly pretty melody, supported by underlying currents of glitchy beats, and at times heavy rhythms in the foreground. "Phunkdaphonies", with its seedy, jazzy atmosphere, swirling melodies and stuttering, heavy beats, is somewhat reminiscent of Amon Tobin's "Permutations". Definitely one of the best tracks on the album. Track 11, "Patch It" goes full on into excellent breakcorish, staccato beats, and towards the end of the album, the music slows down and flows into the danceable "Mel Gibson Returns" remixed by Sean Byrd - a cute, off-sounding reversed guitar melody, driven by glitchy 8-bit electro beats. Track 15, a Cacheflowe remix of the Dojo song "Malfunction Disorder" - is a brilliant hip-hop track with a dark and serious attitude that retains its quirkiness complete with the playful manipulation of textured breakbeats, melody and vocals.
I've tried really hard to find points to criticise in this record, but I've mostly come up empty handed. Though I can say that the album might have been even more interesting with vocals on more of the songs, and the final track, while being an interesting remix of a song by Gitlin's father's band Timestream, does break with the continuity of the album somewhat. Nevertheless, Justin Gitlin plays with the beats, synths and melodies throughout the entire album like they're putty in his hands; there is never a dull moment, nothing is predictable. You can tell he must have had a lot of fun making this record. And it rubs off on you too.
In conclusion, the name "CacheFlowe" could not have been more appropriately chosen. The music on this album flows like streams of memories, with concepts and ideas coming up to the surface, only to dive down again gracefully and effortlessly. This appears to me to be a very personal album, with each song having a distinctive sense of warmth and closeness that just makes the listening experience so much more enjoyable. This record is perfect for when you either want to kick back and relax with a cold drink, or get up and have shake your booty all while being mentally stimulated at the same time. I look very forward to hearing more of Cacheflowe, and cannot recommend "Automate Everything" more highly!

-- Jonas Mansoor [9/10] - Connexion Bizarre (Portugal)


"CacheFlowe - Automate Everything review"

Denver-based leftfield breakbeat / glitch-hop producer Justin Gitlin apparently originally comes from an aggressive hardcore breakbeat / drum and bass background, but this debut album as Cacheflowe on Colorado imprint Nobot Media shows him exploring the sorts of territory more associated with the likes of Prefuse 73, Funkstorung and Jimmy Edgar. Constructed around a fluid fusion of sampled instrumental performances, found sounds and meticulously detailed digital editing, ‘Automate Everything’ shows Gitlin injecting a visceral bass presence often missing from many similar releases alongside the cerebral gymnastics – indeed, for an ‘IDM’ affiliated record, it’s the biggest roomshaker I’ve had in my possession for quite some time.

Opening track ‘Ahh…Huh?’ offers a taste of the contorted grooves in store, coming across like some mutant fusion of Squarepusher and Jimmy Edgar as massive electro-funk bass drops ripple beneath oddly appropriate dub elements and violent drill and bass rhythmic explosions. Stuttering glitch-electro track ‘Freq Lovely’ meanwhile strains its way through treacherous processing, curiously comical squelchy synths providing an unusual counterpoint for some treated hi-hats that almost sound like knives being sharpened.

Along the way there’s also a suitably intriguing remix of Gitlin’s father’s band George & Caplin that winds traces of the original’s delicate folk guitars around a deep haze of droning synths and spidery breakbeats, some huge overdriven sub-bass drops rising up in the mix to take the track into more furious territory during its second half, before returning things back to calmer waters. What most immediately impresses throughout is the equal balance on offer here between addictive bass-heavy grooves and headphone-friendly production dexterity – making ‘Automate Everything’ a debut that easily outdoes the efforts of many more famous names. A stunning debut from an artist definitely worthy of investigation. - Cyclic Defrost (Australia)


"CacheFlowe - Automate Everything - Best Laptop CD 2006"

BEST LAPTOP CD (2006)

Computers can be terrific musical tools, but only if artists use the technology to enhance their ideas rather than as a substitute for innovation. Justin Gitlin, who goes by CacheFlowe, strikes just the right balance. On Automate Everything, he refuses to limit himself to just one or two electronic styles, and his eclecticism pays dividends. Creatively speaking, CacheFlowe cashes in. - Westword (Denver, CO)


"CacheFlowe - Automate Everything review"

Automate Everything is an altogether solid sampling of bleepy instrumental boom-bap (or, as its creator, Colorado-based Justin Gitlin aka CacheFlowe, describes it, “post-hop breakbeat electronica”) with blunted beats stuttering, slamming, and lurching through sixteen meticulously crafted constructions. Every restless track teems with detail so listening interest never wanes for a second, but his heady, free-flowing mix of dub, drum & bass, soul, acid, hip hop, and funk would be more effective if it settled into place for a moment or two longer, rather than ceaselessly shape-shifting (the writhing “Patch It” a typical example). The cuts' simmering surfaces rarely congeal into permanent form, making it difficult for the listener to get a handle on the identity of a given song. Still, Gitlin's CacheFlowe debut impresses on many counts. Dive-bombing synth melodies, bass blips, snare detonations, and strangulated noises hold one's attention throughout “Freq Lovely” while acid and jungle collide in the dubbed-out “Pinnacle 1421.” Interestingly, the album's most successful pieces are the remixes (George&Caplin's “Headed Home,” Dojo's “Malfunction Disorder,” Timestream's “Raining In Paradise”), precisely for the reason that CacheFlowe imposes his unique fingerprint upon them while leaving their centers intact (the same goes for Sean Byrd's fine overhaul of “Mel Gibson Returns”).

March 2006 - Textura (Canada)


"CacheFlowe - Automate Everything review"

Justin Gitlin, who goes by CacheFlowe, is a laptopper with a difference. He's neither a devoted dance-music maven in thrall to four-on-the-floor beats nor a pure abstractionist allergic to anything resembling a hook. Indeed, he seems open to all manner of sounds, and on Automate Everything, he combines them in consistently intriguing ways.

Eclecticism is definitely the watchword here. "Ahh . . .Huh?" is an aggressive opener, replete with frantic rhythms, funky keyboard stings and sustained riffing, whereas the title track that follows sports a more deliberate tempo, gassy bass lines, skittering faux percussion and Orwellian vocal samples. Later, Gitlin juxtaposes subtle improvisation with industrial clanging on "Casio vs. Heavy Metal" and hits the heights of drum-and-bass-inspired future jazz on "Pinnacle 1421."

A few selections stumble -- notably "Run Amok," a quizzical mini-slab of electro-clash. Nevertheless, even the missteps have their moments thanks to Gitlin's restless creativity. Automating everything might not be such a bad idea as long as he's at the controls. - Westword (Denver, CO)


"CacheFlowe - Automate Everything review"

(02.23.06) Justin G., the knob-nooddling scientist behind Cacheflowe, freely admits a dislike for "traditional dance music," and Automate Everything never even comes close to putting on a pair of sequined shoes and getting down. Definitely freeform, his electronics squirt, blurt, cough and wriggle with a genre-skewering nonchalance. Austere hip-hop vibes shake hands with skittering drum and bass rhythms while sipping sparkling soda with fractured 8-bit electronics. It's one of those parties where you're not quite sure if you know anyone in the room.

"Cash Back" merges analog synthesizers doing elongated wolf whistles and space music swooshes with small machines that go "ping!" and "bleep!" as well as crumbling drum programming that continually fumble-fingers beats. The star of "Pinnacle 1421" is a drum kit. A couple of cymbals, kick drum, toms, and a few triggers: this kit rumbles from laidback street beats to tight drum and bass to spiraling free jazz. It lurches with a rhythmic swagger and mincing dance step, dropping a couple of horn players off at a bodega and slouching off to drink some beer in the park and throw bread crumbs at the pigeons. "Patch It" gargles and cavorts with phrases of movie soundtrack fusion, vocal spurts, double drum shenanigans and finger-bending keyboard melodies; while "Phunkdaphonies" marries synth stabs, a trip-hop mood loop, washes of airplane noises, and drum programming that mutters and curses to itself. It's a strange sort of funk symphony, a conglomeration of sounds that hang together but do so in a way that seems precariously close to capsizing.

And that may be the best phrase for Cacheflowe: "precariously close to capsizing." His music is too relaxed and groovy to fall into the gabber camp (where more noises are the yardstick by which artists and audiences seem to measure success) and too unstructured to be considered downtempo or hip-hop. Cacheflowe is an IDM highwire juggler working to his own rhythm. You can't always anticipate his next move, but he keeps the blipsploitation interesting.

Automate Everything is out now on Nobot Media. - Igloo Magazine (California)


Discography

2003 :: CacheFlowe - Musique Discrete
2004 :: va - For Human Ears Only (compilation)
2004 :: Equulei - Delicate (remix)
2005 :: CacheFlowe - Automate Everything
2006 :: Cities - Variations (remix single)
2006 :: A Shoreline Dream - LIAGIA (remix)
2007 :: Sean Byrd - Close Enough (remix)

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CacheFlowe creates genre-skewing electronic music that has received much acclaim from local and international press. Producing with a computer since 1996 and performing live with a laptop since early 2004, he's honed an original style that blends numerous discrete genres. Imagine a cross between idm, hip hop, funk, drum and bass, trip hop, experimental, jazz, techno, and dubstep. His production is defined by stuttery, complex breakbeats at tempos ranging from 57-182bpm, while deep basslines, techno-flavored synths, organic instrumentation and contorted samples fill up the rest of the aural space. Experimentation is key, so every song and live performance offers something new and innovative. In addition to his solo performances, CacheFlowe plays local venues with a group of seasoned improv jazz musicians, taking the place of a traditional drummer. Appearing on official record label releases alongside the likes of Twine, Ladytron, Daedelus, ISAN, Submerged, Fog, and sharing the stage with Amon Tobin, edIT, Dizzee Rascal, Jeff Parker (Tortoise), DJ Olive (MMW, Sonic Youth), Nels Cline (Wilco), Nick Argon, pH10, and countless local talents, CacheFlowe continues to freak the beat in new and exciting ways.