acts of rebellion

Ela Minus - acts of rebellion
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #169 / 757
User Score
Based on 122 ratings
2020 Ratings: #58
Liked by 10 people
October 23, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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This innovative debut album fuses urgent anthems with meditative moments to soundtrack the momentum of change.
Beats Per Minute
She may be staying indoors, but Ela Minus’ work just may be the proverbial push we need back outside of our cramped state of stress.
It’s a prophetic, vital message, and it’s wrapped in some of the best electronic and pop music of the year.

On every track, Minus gives listeners a clear sense of her worldview and balances all the elements of her music with an organic sophistication remarkable for a debut album.

The Guardian
The record shares messages of self-love and resistance which, integrated in its DIY approach, punch through with real resonance.

acts of rebellion examines the quiet, intimate moments of life as well as concepts that are vast and difficult to convey. Minus approaches both with rich and sophisticated electronic music.

God Is in the TV
As this album was created by the Bogota-born by herself, it exemplifies the power that your ideas can bring if you stick to your own undisturbed instincts and win the everyday battles.
Loud and Quiet

Though the Colombia-born, Brooklyn-based musician aims for Fourth of July fireworks on her debut album acts of rebellion, she achieves something more like modest sparklers.

Downtown vibes on this one, very interesting production overall, not sure I can qualify this album as dark electropop but it has the qualities of one. The progression between tracks are on point, the vocals shape the musical crossing and set a balance of cohesion. Also I caught myself shaking head throughout the whole 41 minutes. It's a yes for me.
A brilliant, orchestra-sounding like yet minimalistic debut. It is festive, it is protestive. It is inspiring and melodic, it is textured and tamed. You have everything there: from minimalistic melodies like in "you told us it was hard..." to dance anthems like ‘El Cielo No Es De Nadie’. Influences are wide: Kraftwerk, m83, Daft Punk, but Ela Minus stays original and honest with her topics, voice and style. Nothing is impossible here.
Lovely electronica, very solid debut almost as consistent as the singles promised, only letdown are the instrumentals and Close - yet very entertaining
This album could so easily have fallen into the derivatives of the styles it pulls from, but what's impressive is how Ela Minus is able to push forward in a blended form of clubby electropop and daring deep house.

This album is a soundtrack for change, a call to rebellion as the title suggests, and because of these things it is unsurprisingly and effortlessly anthemic, utilising its minimalist instrumentation effectively so every single sound and instrument has its place. It might be nothing ... read more
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Track List

  1. N19 5NF
  2. they told us it was hard, but they were wrong.
  3. el cielo no es de nadie
  4. megapunk
  5. pocket piano
  6. dominique
  7. let them have the internet
  8. tony
  9. do whatever you want, all the time.
  10. close (feat. Helado Negro)
  11. they told us it was hard, but they were wrong.
  12. el cielo no es de nadie
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Added on: August 26, 2020