CD Reviews

Rupert Bottenberg, Montreal Mirror, June 1, 2006

Half of Crackhaus, with deadbeat, and a known quantity in his own right, Beaupré’s a longstanding figure on the local techno scene. As such, this dub-a-licious debut album of his is overdue, but it’s worth the wait. Beaupré’s strength lies less in his rhythms, ranging from sharp, shattered minimal to bongos-on-the-beach house, than in the engaging samples he lays overtop. Distilling a wide range of sounds down to their essence, his aim is to reconcile and harmonize opposing sounds, and in doing so he confidently charts a course between the silly and the sublime. Snatches of twisted exotica and funny vocal snippets, for instance, rub up against the skin-prickling washes of tone and texture that bring this effort close to its purported Buddhist steez. Bonus points for the Sylvain Bouthillette jacket art! 7.5/10

Distilling a wide range of sounds down to their essence, his aim is to reconcile and harmonize opposing sounds…