Hatti Vatti - Worship Nothing LP on New Moon Recordings

Words by: Sean-Michael Yoder
Posted: 3/2/14 7:05

Polish producer Hatti Vatti has put his musical identity crisis on display and decided to call it an album. This guy has the stuff to be a really great dubstep or even pop producer and Worship Nothing has a few superb tunes that hit the mark. Unfortunately, the rest of the record does not. One reason may be that the up and coming producer is just coming off a mini album comprised of ambient field records and there’s quite a bit of that leaking into this album. Not that putting a bunch of chill out music on your album is necessarily a bad thing as long as it isn’t: A. derivative, B. sequenced improperly with regard to the other tracks on the album. Good tunes are lost in as a simple a thing as how the tracks flow and that’s part of the problem with Worship Nothing. There is also a little too much deference to all things Warp Records, especially Autechre. Again, not that is necessarily such a bad thing. But this cat has got plenty of his own dubby licks on this album and they are good enough. There’s a fine line between appropriating and mimicking, as the old saying goes, “Bad writers borrow; good writers steal.Hatti Vatti is far too behaved, at least on this album, to blatantly steal from his influences and wow a new audience with a new twist on an old idea. He seems content to play his tunes on the minstrel circuit – chuckin’ and jivin’ for spare change. That seems to be the mindset of many musicians these days and it’s downright depressing. Instead of editing a new collection of material down into a stacked full o’ dynamite collection there is this almost incessant need to spew out every musical thought that has ever come into the artist’s mind in one colossal spewing of musical vomit. This purge is often similar to that of the analogous eating disorder victim – one of low self-esteem. The artist, haunted by the demons that this maybe the only shot he ever gets to do this, feels obligated to get it all in there. What could have been a fine mini LP or a superb EP gets the works, which turns out to be mostly unfinished sketches. And none of us are the better for it.

Ae” sounds like it could have been an outtake from Hatti Vatti’s previous album Algebra. Starting your album with an ambient techno track probably isn’t a good idea unless your first name happens to be some variation on the name Richard and is followed with a recognizable surname like Hawtin or James. It’s not a bad track it just doesn’t have much to it. The second track, “Struggle” featuring Marlene Dietrich sound alike Sara Brylewska, would have been a much better choice. It’s laidback with a very obvious Burial influence and sets the tone for the album grabbing the listener’s attention like a good opening track is supposed to without sacrificing the ambient music this guy seems to really dig. “Tokyo” is a beautiful breakbeat track with great melodies and good vocals. It has all the qualities of a fantastic pop record but it’s too underground for all of that. The Autechre influences are overbearing on the dub flavored glitch hop of “72 Dub”. There are some good musical ideas going on here but they are splattered on like a Jackson Pollock painting and feel disjointed as a result. That a track like the amazing “Wonderful World” will never get mainstream exposure on a teen television show or sports car commercial is almost an injustice. It is open for debate whether vocalist Cian Finn makes a difference in the overall quality of this tune or not but it’s gotta make you wonder what he could come up with working in the studio with a much bigger name like Michael Franti or Damien Marley. A short Aphex Twin-inspired interlude gives way to more Warp influences on “Synthesis”. Oh, goodie! Never heard that before. Things get a little more interesting on the trappy “Treasure”. The track lays the kick drum on with a heavy foot and it kinda plods along. Too bad that’s the exact opposite of what a good trap tune is capable of doing on a dance floor. The shuffly edits of “Nights” best exemplifies the identity crisis that underpins the music on Worship Nothing. The garage idea works and the producer should have stuck with it, but he just has to get the deep ambient tones and stuttering glitches in there, too. He stuffs every trick he has in the music, leaving no room for pleasant surprises and that just kills it. The same formula is applied on “Black Flowers” but it nets better results. The narcotic pop edge of heavy melody and a good vocalist are something this guy should stick with, he has a bright future making memorable music for television. Aphex Twin revisited on the title track. Really? The titular track on the album is supposed to reveal something about the artist. If that was the case then Worship Nothing would be an apt title because there is nothing on this album worthy of that kind of adoration.”1Ne” is a decent bass track, too bad there weren’t more of them and we have to wait all the way to the end for the big payoff. It hardly feels like it was worth the price of admission.

Artist: Hatti Vatti
Title: Worship Nothing LP
Label: New Moon Recordings

Tracklist01. Ae02. Struggle (+ Sara Brylewska)03. Tokyo (+ Synkro)04. 72 Dub05. Wonderful World (+ Cian Finn)06. Sopot07. Synthesis08. Treasure09. Nights (+ Versa)10. Black Flowers (+ Lady Katee)11. Worship Nothing12. 1ne

Our rating: 6/10
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