Dim Dim Whip

Dim Dim Whip
While it's always nice when a record's pleasant, that alone often hardly makes it worth the effort. With more music out there than ever, an album needs a bit more, whether that comes via some good old boundary pushing, a few chances or even just some memorable hooks. Unfortunately, Dim Dim's cuter-than-thou Whip doesn't provide any of these. Yes, Dim Dim (aka Belgian producer Jerry Dimmer) has a way of making his cuddly electro-pop pleasing on the ears but there's seldom a memorable moment on his sixth full-length. From track one to 18, the childlike blend of synths, beats and obnoxiously twee toy instruments constantly feels half-baked, as if Dimmer is just putting some fun ideas to tape rather than constructing a proper album. It doesn't help matters either that most of these tracks sound grossly out of date and would have fit nicely on some forgettable turn-of-the-century Darla comp. Put simply, just because something's cute doesn't always mean it's lovable. (Audio Dregs)