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!)