The Wire - September 2002 - Issue 223
Reviewed by Ken Hollings
Less reserved and more prepared to engage its listeners than Jirku's previous Variants release for Canada's Alien8 label, Entropy manages to confound its title by building structures out of gentle chaotic drifts. Dub is redefined as the distance and symmetry between isolated events. The fragment becomes both the index and indicator of space. "Isothermal" and "Exothermic" make hesitant yet discernible progress out of second guessing themselves. Sub-aquatic 303 and off-kilter beats echo from deep within 'Adiabatic". Acted upon by other forces, the confident minimalism of "lsentropic" and "Cyclic" gives this collection a sense of coherence, establishing sparse utilitarian frameworks out of strict repetition from their opening moments.
Intr_version Records – Montreal, Canada - INTR 005
Tomas Jirku's fourth full-length marks a return to the moody, cavernous terrain that he first explored in his breakthrough album for Alien8 Recording, Variants. Full of rhythmic crackles, deep dubby bass lines and lush melodies it pushes even further the tech-dub aesthetic for which he has been gaining international recognition and acclaim. Comparisons to dub-techno contemporaries such as Pole, Farben and Vladislav Delay are inevitable, but Entropy finds Jirku breaking ground with references to dancehall and roots dub sounds.
Vice Magazine, Electric Independence, Nov 30 2002
You have to check out the latest release from Montreal’s Intr_version label called Entropy by Tomas Jirku. You may remember Jirku from his amazing releases on the Force Inc. and Substractif labels. Now the TO artist returns with 11 tracks of dubbed-out minimal tech madness. Take the dubbiness of the Chain Reaction label and the click hop shuffle of SND and then turn the lights waaaay down low and you’re halfway there. Perfect for decompressing during that post–6:00 AM comedown, Entropy will surely cement Intr_version’s place as one of the strongest experimental labels around.
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