Written, produced and mixed by Berlin-based, Chilean-born, Alejandra Iglesias, in 2008, this is one odd little album by a lady named Dinky. Her third full-length release and first for record label, Vakant, Dinky brings together many disparate elements, yet in minimalist fashion. Skillfully nuanced from the very first track of “May Be Later”, the listener is left to wonder how it actually works so well. I have trouble even describing the sound, as it’s something that is bordering on completely unique and entirely infectious. Dark, hypnotic, sometimes a little slick, sometimes a little groovy, it’s a bit like Aphex Twin meets Basement Jaxx.
In the late 90s, Dinky apparently established herself in the Santiago scene, DJing by night and hosting underground parties with Magda. Post 9/11, she was forced to return to Berlin due to visa restrictions.
The club sound is definitely an overriding influence in this work but May Be Later offers more, I think. Funky electronic jungle beats mixed up with a distinctly organic feel on the third track, “Burdelia”, make you want to jump up and stomp your feat or shake something. However, it’s more sophisticated than just an enjoyably bold modern dance track. Vocals by Dinky’s long-time friend, Jorge González, are also featured on another notable track which builds in Dinky’s signature seductive intensity, “Fademein”. The standout for me, however, is “No Pressure”, combining the best qualities of the other tracks and featuring vocals by Dinky herself. The album’s tweaks, claps, skips, unexpected sounds and subtle samples and loops culminate in a natural fluidity. Effortless in fashion, they are in fact the result of expert calculation and control as Dinky shows us that she is a woman who knows how to flex her grey matter. As I previously knew nothing of Dinky, this one was definitely a pleasant surprise. 7/10 -- Claire Keiller (24 June, 2009)