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4.0 out of 5 stars
A Chilly Affair, 26 Aug 2013
Zeitgeber are Speedy J and Lucy, Jochem Paap and Luca Mortellano (just
to clear up any nominal ambiguities!), two techno producers who have
joined forces to bring this interesting collaboration into being. If
it's a spin around the parquet you're looking for then you might have
to cast your net elsewhere. 'Zeitgeber' is a largely uncompromising affair
whose mission to poke its nose into some of the darker corners of what it
might be possible to realise within the borders of electronic "dance"
music seems to have been substantially accomplished. These two doughty
gentlemen seem to be very much at one with their machines (in fact it would
not be too great a leap of imagination to believe that they could well be one
single entity; silicone and genes fused together in one gloopy silvery matrix!)
There are eight numbers in the set, creating sonic landscapes which ensnare
us in a web of ambiguous and unsettling bio-mechanistic operations. Listening
to opening track 'Closely Related', for example, is a chilly affair in which we
seem to move along a conveyor belt where we become integrated with the sinister
manufacturing process, our seamless shiny black exoskeletons hermetically sealed.
There are cogent rhythmic patterns to be found, sometimes fractured and ragged
as with 'These Rhythms' or more solidly conceived as with 'None Of These Defects'
but there is little joy or solace to be had in this unremittingly soulless world.
Even when the skittering beats of 'Now Imagine' threaten to make us twitch and
gyrate it is impossible to do so without a sense that purposeful movement is
not within our control. Messrs SJ and Lucy are our obdurate Lords and Masters.
It's a cold, cold affair but after a couple of takes I found myself warming to it!
(The two-track June 2013 release 'Body Out Body In' is also worth a crack if
you enjoyed this one, especially the invention 'Body In' which, with its icy
ebb and flow, is every bit as much of a nightmare as Goldie's 1995 epic 'Mother').