You definitely need to be in the mood for this one. At first listen this just sounded like a random jumble of noises, but after leaving it on repeat for a few plays I found myself nodding along. The almost complete absence of any kind of percussion to give the music rhythm was quite a surprise, and it was only when I turned the bass up full that I clicked what it was all about. Only for the most chilled of chillout sessions, this one takes a while to tune into mentally and you really need a stereo with good bass response to get the most out of it.DW
Not the kind of Cd that grabs your attention with the flashy cover, but if the intention is to mirror the music inside it succeeds. A yellow sleeve with the song titles in German, and that's about it for information. Looking closely you'll find all songs are written and produced by Stefan Betke. Who is almost as well known for his disc cutting skills. Remember "A Porky Prime Cut" in the run out grooves of some of your favorite albums, (remember albums), well Stefan does the same. Put simply this Cd mixes the blips, glitches and found sounds of the Powerbook generation of musicians, with the bass and production of a Joe Gibbs Dub album from the mid 70's. IBM meets I & I.... If only it was that simple. Minimal electronic dub where the repeated loops shift constantly, nothing is ever repeated. The electronics clashing majestically with the warmth only those Dub albums have. A Cd that rewards you with more, the closer you listen, sounds appear only the once and then are gone, drawing you into the multi-layered sound scape of this incredibly complex recording. At the same time the music's minimal nature forces your mind wander. Daring you not to pay attention while going and hiding itself in the shadows. It is simultaneously unengaging and riveting, I assume similar to finding yourself in someone else's rather boring dream, fascinated because you're there, but bored by the mundane nature of their existence. A recording that requires your full attention, or none at all, the sign of true genius.
Electronic drumless dub from the floor of the Atlantic...and it doesn't get deeper than this...or darker...or more minimal...or more mysterious. Minimal, it may be, but the subtly shifting patterns and subterranean bass are mesmerising. The Angler Fish of Electro-Dub...ugly/beautiful....you decide.