I am not sure why anyone would choose me to write a review of an EDM album unless they are looking for a pedantic tome and another old guy rant of what is wrong with the music business. I know I am going to sound like a cranky old man but one of the benefits of aging is the fact that I can say what I want and use the mantra “don’t f*#@ with me, I’m old”. As far as I can tell, EDM or electronic dance music became a “thing” in the early 2000’s, thirty years after it reached its peak as far as I’m concerned. I remember when the krautrock movement happened in Germany in the mid-seventies when bands like Kraftwerk, Faust, and Tangerine Dream invented and defined the genre. I pretty much think of it now as I did then. It’s interesting, I appreciate its ingenuity but in the end, it’s not something I would listen to for pleasure. If I was having a party and wanted some background musical wallpaper, maybe, but otherwise, not so much.
With all that out of the way, on to the task at hand. I was contacted by an artist based in Cali to review his new album. The “artist” is Bogglesworth and his album is called ‘Creeperz’. Perhaps it is my ignorance talking but I use the term artist loosely. I am not sure how much actual artistry goes into creating EDM music. I firmly believe that with the right equipment I could create EDM music and based on that criteria, if I could create it, trust me, there is very little artistry involved. Don’t get me wrong, however, the album is everything an EDM record should be. It is slick, hypnotic and I can certainly see the appeal in a sweaty club situation with hundreds of people swaying and grooving to the beats and a light show bathing the crowd in a colored wonderland.
I suppose it is the fact that I don’t have a lot to compare it to but when I conjure up an image of what EDM should be, ‘Creeperz’ has it all. Bogglesworth’s website says the music is “created from obscure and unconventional, fueled by strange”, but frankly, I think EDM as a whole is more about technology and personality than musical artistry. Bogglesworth has earned a place in the EDM landscape but sad to say, it’s just not my cup of tea.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.