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Review: Dr Optimiser - Borders


Dr Optimiser lives in Bristol, UK. His first album Scapegoat was a Jazz and Drum & Bass double disc release in 2005. Since then he took a break from composing, but came back in 2017 with the album ‘Tremor’. Having received production credit from Grammy nominated Mike Rizzo and receiving airtime on BBC Radio 6, Dr Optimiser has turned the beats up a notch for his next album ‘Borders’ due for release in March 2019. This track “Scratch My Mango” will feature on that record.


Borders is comprised of 12 incredible tracks where they use genres, such as Electronic Rock and Synth Pop. The album opens with mystical composition called The Theorist which, in my opinion, is a great choice for the album opener. Starting with the groovy bass, it brings dark vibes, as well as Gepetto. The composition is followed by Spikes - upbeat tune with, in my opinion, African vibes, which make this song much more interesting. The third track with interesting title - Scratch My Mango - is already being played by various radio stations, and you can understand why: the upbeat tune with EDM vibes literally makes us feel the whole mood of the album. Catchy melodies will definitely stay in head for a long time. The 5th song on the record, Damascus, impressed me with its dynamics and the bass throughout the track: this simple trick made this song much more amazing. Crimea, which is one of my favorites from the album, is an easily memorable song: it starts with synth and then developes in upbeat track which will make you wanna move. Oxytocin, as well as Dust In The Oven, starts with sad melody and develops in catchy track, which is also one of my favorites because of it's atmosphere, completed with harp and bells. Socially Mobile, the 8th song on the tracklist, is the one that brings me Asian vibes because of its melody. This dynamic composition will be a great choice for people who love unusual music. The acoustically touched in the beginning song County Lines, as well as Dementia, surprises listeners with the contrast of acoustic and electronic parts. Reflective and meaningful acoustic ballad Memories is the one that help you to dive deep in thoughts after a hard day. This is my absolute favorite from the record, because this song is more sensetive and touching in comparison to others.


To sum up, everything in Borders comes together in a stream of consciousness style. This is unforgettable journey into the mix of electronic rock music and meaningful lines in one piece.

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