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- Kubu by Mark Fell & Peter Rehberg
9/10 Ant Staff review, 19 August 2011
Here we have a two track 12" with two extended pieces which probably put it in the EP/mini album category rather than being a single. This is the fruit of a collaboration where Mark visited Vienna and I must say, having followed both artists for some time I had a mental idea of how this was going to sound but having put the needle to the record, that possibly naive vision has been shattered. There is some sampled dialogue buried in the mix which is pretty much indecipherable for the best part and then the whole thing is propelled by some ultra wild percussive rhythms. I guess we've come to expect that from Mark except this time he completly defies my expectations by replacing pristine drum machine sounds with what sound like sampled live drums. I could easily be wrong on that though, they could be synthetic? Who knows. There's a real free jazz feel to it too...like imagine Chris Corsano covering SND with Pita on board augmenting proceedings with strange electronics. I can honestly say this is like nothing I've heard before, it just oozes originality and it's not often one can say that about a record (heheh well I probably did in my last Mark Fell review). Repeated listens reveal glimpses of the sampled dialogue which talks of war, brainwashing, technology, etc. The second side is less rhythmically intense at first but works with a similar drum palette with loops of static, crackle and bubbling electronics. The repetition of the drums becomes super hypnotic and when the hi-hats are subtly introduced the overall picture emerges, and it's clear we're pretty much in techno territory, albeit a reasonably unconventional take on the style. A most strange beast that is equally maximalist as it is minimalist, i.e the ingredients are few but the overall effect has infinite possibilities. Essential addition to any Fell/Rehberg collection.
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