If You're Into It, I'm Out of It
|If You're Into It, I'm Out of It|
|Studio album by|
|Released||September 15, 1997|
|Label||Digital Hardcore Records (DHR 8)|
|Producer||Christoph de Babalon|
|Christoph de Babalon chronology|
If You're Into It, I'm Out of It is the second album by electronic producer Christoph de Babalon, initially released on September 15, 1997 through Digital Hardcore Recordings. As a prime record released on the label, it is noted for its dark, heavy atmosphere, as it combines the musical stylings of dark ambient, early breakcore, and drum and bass. Since its release, it has gained a cult following and received much critical praise.
Background and composition
The album was recorded sporadically between 1993 to 1996. The track "My Confession" was previously released on Christoph's Seven Up EP. A remastered edition of the album was issued as a double disc LP set through Christoph de Babalon's Cross Fade Enter Tainment imprint. The set was limited to 1,000 copies: 700 black, and 300 clear.
The track "Opium", a 15-minute ambient drone piece, was chosen as the album's opener as suggested to Christoph by the staff of Digital Hardcore Recordings. As well as "Opium", two other ambient pieces, "Brilliance" and "High Life (Theme)" share the same lo-fi industrial tone of but are featured distinctively between the rest of the album.
Although the album received little critical reception upon its initial 1997 release, the album has since grown very favorable among critics. In the All Music Guide's review for the album, written by Andy Kellman, the record is praised for its fresh style, stating that it "is a resistance to formula and gimmickry", rewarding the album a 4.5 out of 5. Thom Yorke, frontman of Radiohead, described the album as "the most menacing album I own". Digital Hardcore Recordings operator and Atari Teenage Riot member Alec Empire is also a very big fan of the album, saying that it is the most important release put out through the label. In his review of the 2018 remaster, Philip Sherburn of Pitchfork Media concluded that "no one has ever made another record quite like this one". The remastered edition was named as one of the best reissues of 2018 by electronic music review site Resident Advisor.
When the topic of the combination of dark ambient and electronic music is brought up, many writers often bring up If You're Into It, I'm Out of It and its significance. Spin magazine writer Phillip Sherburne mentioned in his article about Demdike Stare that the album made "dark ambient and jungle a hellishly compelling couple". Breakcore producer Enduser named the album as an inspiration for his music.
|4.||"What You Call A Life"||5:00|
|10.||"High Life (Theme)"||11:05|
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