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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Old topographies


Erstlaub remixed? My undiplomatic twin would probably rather have Fyans' piercing, magical menace unleashed on & infused in to others than the reverse. But no one asked him. Whereas Broken20 (our new label of 2010) has asked several fellow travellers from the Highpoint Lowlife/B20 stable, enlisting them to cross-pollinate his windblown specialness.

One of the most apt of the refixers is Moving Furniture's Sietse. His Orphax is a kind of kissing cousin to Erstlaub. No surprise, then, that his swirling, layered The Last Few Seconds Before Hibernation is one of the highlights of The First Few Seconds After Sleep, which seems like it's going to end up preceding the logically prior The Last Few Seconds Before Sleep (downloadable excerpt) - unless these ears somehow missed that one somewhere along the way (apologies if so)...

Another is Alastair Cook. See video (lovely rush-blur) for his Asleep (ditto) take on Sleep above.

The remainder comprise B20 potentate Ruaridh TVO (finessing his experimental & techno urges into a single outlet), plus Mandelbrot (20-minute buzz guitar epic), 10-20 (Walk & Reed Bed remixes further stand-outs) & the improbable Bob Techno.


Orphax in further B20 action - deploying "a certain melancholy" - with the latest in the label's jaw-droppingly excellent series of 'podcasts'...


Below, three compelling new Ersts - one valedictory, one later live, one with self-made video, each dense with riches...




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