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Dela: Translation Lost

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It's tricky coming up with a sophomore album. One could say it's about taking the essence of your past work and bringing it to another level, without doing the same thing twice. With that in mind, Paris/Montreal based producer Dela teams up with Drink Water Music to deliver Translation Lost, the follow up to 2009's Changes Of Atmosphere.

It started as a simple beat tape. Freshly installed in Montreal, where he was planning to put music on the side for a little while, it only took a couple weeks before Dela felt the need to put together a small setup (a MPC 1000, a turntable and computer speakers) and went back to creating. Beats quickly accumulated. Most were used for side projects that have yet to be released. Some had a special feel : Dela decided to put them together to create what would become Translation Lost.

Most of the album was composed in Montreal in 2009 and 2010. The sonics of the album were shaped by the vinyls Dela would come across, constantly visiting record stores throughout the city. Jazz, Funk, Prog, Quebec music being the styles he sampled the most. His love for melodies and beautiful chord changes has remained intact, but an accent is made on the drums, probably the most important instrument in Hip-Hop music.

While Changes Of Atmosphere had guests on every track (Talib Kweli, Les Nubians, Large Professor, Elzhi to name a few), the new album is half instrumental. Reach, a Kansas City based MC who appears on most Dela's projects, opens the record with Go On, an ode to the working class. Californian super MC Blu, who has been a regular guest on Dela's mixtapes & album as well, blesses us with Lucy's&LooseLeafs and WhatUWanna. Sowlie, a young talent from France, lends her wordless vocals to the laidback Chunky Monkeying while Long Island born & raised MC Kemizt, who's currently working on a whole project with Dela, speaks his piece on I Will.

But the main theme of the album is declared by Aliya, a friend of Dela who also had a little cameo on Changes Of Atmosphere. Her introduction sets the tone : Translation Lost is about love stories gone wrong. It's about that very moment in a relationship when two people can't understand each other anymore. Even though Translation Lost is not to be called a concept album, the theme is indeed omnipresent and defines the mood of the whole record. Another huge inspiration is Louis Malle's movie Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud. A passionate cinephile, Dela does not hesitate to dig in his favorites movies for samples and ideas.

Melancholy, nostalgia, but also hope and aspiration, these are the feelings Translation Lost will inspire. Whether heartbroken or not, Translation Lost is the kind of record you'll love to play on rainy and cloudy days.

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1. Translation Lost (Intro)
featuring Aliya
Producer: Dela
2. Go On
featuring Reach
Producer: Dela
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3. Mars Part III
Producer: Dela
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4. Lucy's & LooseLeafs
featuring Blu
Producer: Dela
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5. 1 Second Time Machine
Producer: Dela
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6. West Side Story
Producer: Dela
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7. Jay Electropietricus
Producer: Dela
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8. WhatUWanna
featuring Blu
Producer: Dela
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9. Chunky Monkeying
featuring Sowlie
Producer: Dela
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10. I Will
featuring Kemizt
Producer: Dela
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11. Translation Lost
Producer: Dela
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12. Translation Lost (Outro)
featuring Aliya
Producer: Dela
13. WhatUWanna (Remix)
featuring Blu
Producer: Dela
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14. WhatUWanna (DJ Spinna Remix) (Bonus)
featuring Blu
Producer: DJ Spinna
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4.6 Stars (4.6 Stars )
Total Comments: 14
Name: (Posted: 9/14/2012 3:01:00 AM; Partial IP: 132.41.161)
Location: ok
Comment: I'm not feeling this like the Atmosphere album but that Kemizt track is absolute fire. That guy needs to put out some more suff just like that song.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/11/2012 8:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 111.14.162)
Location: beh-beh-beh
Comment: i own this on vinyl so i'm gonna rate it fairly on a scale from 1-5. this is a 3, I didn't like it as much as changes of atmosphere because there were less mc's involved. the instrumental joints are good, especially mars part iii. the segue instrumentals with the chick talking over them, they're totally skippable after a few listens. the couple of blu tracks on this are decent - great even, but I can't get down with the other mc's on those other few tracks. totally boring.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/1/2012 1:09:00 PM; Partial IP: 175.56.233)
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/29/2012 11:24:00 AM; Partial IP: .160.25.71)
Location: norfolk,va
Comment: banger- and thats rare right now
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/27/2012 5:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 225.58.251)
Location: Germany
Comment: nice thing
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/22/2012 11:06:00 AM; Partial IP: .51.139.63)
Location: Calgary alberta canada
Comment: Dope lived the album... up there with changes of atmosphere!
Name: (Posted: 6/30/2012 9:39:00 AM; Partial IP: 32.195.122)
Location: Tampa, Florida
Comment: classic joint.
Name: (Posted: 6/26/2012 10:01:00 AM; Partial IP: 183.26.166)
Location: T Dot
Comment: damm.. date pushed back
Name: (Posted: 6/17/2012 7:14:00 AM; Partial IP: 50.103.129)
Location: LA
Comment: Pure dopeeeee
Name: (Posted: 6/12/2012 1:45:00 PM; Partial IP: 86.153.200)
Location: da lowa
Comment: nice album solid as fuck!
Name: (Posted: 6/8/2012 8:18:00 PM; Partial IP: .192.12.97)
Location: London, UK
Comment: This was one of the best albums of 2011 so this is a definite purchase. Dela is a very under-praised producer.
Name: (Posted: 6/6/2012 5:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 132.82.111)
Location: Anywhere
Comment: Essential purchase!
Name: (Posted: 6/3/2012 2:59:00 PM; Partial IP: 34.156.107)
Location: T Dot
Comment: Nice, about time this gets a domestic release, jazzy dope goodness indeed!
Name: (Posted: 6/2/2012 10:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 03.123.166)
Location: Topeka
Comment: If you got a chance to hear it on bandcamp you know this is a stellar release. Top notch quality and a great follow up to Changes of Atmosphere.
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