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STL is one Stephan Laubner, a German electronic composer/producer, whose
new album for the Smallville imprint deserves our attention and admiration.

Herr Laubner is a single-minded soul with a substantial back-catalogue of
uncompromisingly experimental material, much of which seems to have been
intended for secret subterranean dancefloors, where black-clad night denizens
twitch, quiver and grunt until the first light of morning summons them back to
the dark and dusty corners from whence they came but there is another
strand to his bow which finds him messing up the inside of our heads with
slow-moving extraterrestrial soundscapes (2008's 'Machines Down Low' is a
prime example) which have the capacity to freeze the very blood in our veins.

'At Disconnected Moments', however, is, in its own way, a much more approachable
affair. Take opening track 'Scuba's Motion Dub' for example : for all that the
'melodic' content consists of little more than a few shimmering clouds of icy grey synth
washes, the rhythmic foundation is positively frisky in comparison! It bumps and
shuffles along nicely in no particular direction but with a big funky smile on its hairy face.
'Neurotransmitting Clouds On The Secret Freeway', too, takes a simple bouncing
bass and hi-hat line which tumbles along to fine effect with only a few swirly chromatic
flourishes from a shape-shifting keyboard to give it any greater form and substance.
'Ghostly Ambit', on the other hand, takes a while finding its feet and seems, in the end,
to be happy settling for a satisfyingly moody spook-fest of keening synth and slinky beats.

Mrs Wolf has been shimmying around in her nightie to it all morning! (A good sign!)

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