What Has Happened To Me In This World (Sulumi)

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What Has Happened To Me In This World
Artist Sulumi
English title What Has Happened To Me In This World
Chinese Title 这个世界给了我什么? / Zhège shìjiè gěile wǒ shénme?
Publisher Guava Music
Date of release 2007 exactly on 2007/12/01
Release Type CD
Catalogue Number G019
Total Discs 1
Total Tracks 7
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Cover

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Track Listing

  1. Trembling Stars
  2. I'm Falling Out Of Rainbow
  3. City
  4. Empty Heart
  5. Melts In Your Mouth
  6. She Sank Into A Large Fluffy Couch And Exhaled Noisily (Original Version)
  7. City (Stockholm Remix By Covox)

Reviews

  • (c) 8 Inches Productions, Ian Sherman

Sun Dawei is a relatively unsung hero of the Beijing music scene; when not creating music under a variety of aliases he runs Shanshui - the north's preeminent (and certainly most productive) electronica label - and busily promotes the efforts of likeminded electron-warriors. The hyperactivity of his life is reflected in his music; while Sun has produced excellent ambient work under other names, he's usually sticks to insanely fast music with his Sulumi incarnation.

Bit-core, the genre that Sulumi calls home, is predicated on the cheesy 8-bit MIDI sounds of old school gaming consoles like the Gameboy or NES, mixed with authentically crappy synth-drums and sped up fivefold; the music is instantly familiar to anyone who's ever rescued Princess Daisy or stomped on a TV set with a loosely-defined hedgehog but at the same time it's always been a bit pointless - far too busy for home listening, or at least non-masochistic home listening, and far too fast for anything but the most gabba of dance moves.

Until now, that is; Sun seems to be taking his Sulumi nom de bleep in new, slightly more contemplative directions. It's all relative of course; the mad, incessant, arpeggios are still present and correct as are the tinny beats, but on the whole everything on this EP is calmer; several of the tunes here even have recognisable melody/counter melody structures ('Trembling Stars') and the BPMs occasionally descend from seizure-inducing heights (the marvelously titled 'She Sank Into A Large Fluffy Couch And Exhaled Noisily') - dangerously accessible novelties both. Sun doesn't forget his core fanbase though, those chipheads who still haven't gotten over the advent of the Playstation and have the attention spans of forgetful goldfish; unapologetic bit-core bezerkers 'City' and 'Empty Heart' will see them through the more placid moments.

Ultimately, though, this album – like the genre to which it cleaves – is hobbled by the limited sonic palette available to the 8 bit auteur. There is a tolerance limit to this kind of artful tackiness and while Sun is obviously attempting to widen its parameters that limit is reached fairly quickly on What Has Happened To Me In This World.

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  • (c) that's Beijing Magazine Online, Berwin Song, May 28, 2008

Anyone who’s seen him live knows that Sulumi (aka Sun Dawei) can headbang like no other. As an electronic artist who makes the rounds on the Beijing live music circuit, he caters to his audience: jumping around, arms pumping, even attempting the occasional stage dive. In short, he puts on a performance that’s as dynamic and animated as any guitarist in the middle of a solo.

But it’s not just the performance that’s gotten more energetic. The music has evolved into a harder, stronger, faster beast far more fitting for parties – Nintendo rave music, as we like to call it. What Has Happened to Me In This World is Sulumi’s first solo effort to explore the driving beat (though a couple rave-worthy tracks showed up on last year’s As Vivid as Your Lips, a split album with sound artist Usk). It’s a decidedly different style from his previous solo effort from two years ago, Stereo Chocolate (also released on Modern Sky), though of course, the method for creating the beats has remained constant, still made from sounds programmed with the Gameboy Nano Loop.

There’s always been a frantic edge to some of Sulumi’s busier tracks, but funneling the energy into a dance beat helps focus things – the constant tempo pounds away while tracks build to frenzied crescendos, complete with drops and blips. While these tracks may convey the energetic nature of his performance art, mellower tracks fall short. There’s certainly some maturation in melody (She Sank Into A Fluffy Couch And Exhaled Nosily, Trembling Stars), but in more passive usage, the repetition can get maddening (Melts In Your Mouth). All the more reason to catch the show.

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