Indonesian producer, Angger Dimas has delivered some of the hardest hitting tracks and remixes over the last few years, almost acting as the go-to guy when artists need to turn their tracks into certified club bangers. Remixes for Avicii’s “My Feeling For You”, Kaskade’s “Fire In Your New Shoes”, and David Guetta’s “Commander” really put him map, and he’s maintained a consistent streak under the Dim Mak umbrella ever since. With Angger Management, Dimas delivers his debut album, delivering 15 tracks spanning several genres of electronic music.
Angger Management is a meaty album, almost taking the approach of throwing a bunch of tracks against the wall and seeing what sticks. This strategy gives Angger a wide variety of tracks to work in any given set, with plenty of successful results. “Release Me”, a collaboration with Aoki’s “Come With Me” vocalist, Polina, is a gorgeous progressive vocal track that could help make him a household name. “Good Stuff”, meanwhile, is an addictive moombahton knocker driven by female rap vocals, while the disco-house driven “World Wide Love” takes a Discovery-era Daft Punk approach. Later on “More Than Just A Feeling”, we see a triumphant vocal collab with Tara McDonald and Piyu.
But in its weighty 16 tracks, not everything fares so well. While the album’s opening instrumental track, “Resurrection” sets the stage perfectly, much of Angger Management gets lost in instrumental territory. “Aaah!” for instance, loses the listener after a solid first 1/3 of the album. “Punch The House” and “Assassin” are decent, but neither break any new ground. Later on “123″, we get a token hardstyle track – one that will definitely serve it’s purpose in his sets – but hardly rewrites the book on festival anthems.
Angger has had an amazing run leading up to the release of Angger Management, with no sign of stopping any time soon (see his collab with Diplo, “Biggie Bounce”, for evidence of this). However this album almost seems like a bit of a rush job. Again, “Release Me”, the album’s best executed and most fully realized song, is the pinnacle of this project, really showing what he can do when paired with the right collaborators. Angger Management is by no means a bad album, but instead evidence of non-fully realized potential.
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