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- Biokinetics by Porter Ricks
9/10 Ant Staff review, 18 January 2012
This was originally the first CD release on Basic Channel's Chain Reaction label and collected tracks that were released on the label over three 12”s plus a couple of exclusive tracks. Original copies of the collection are sought after to say the least so it's a smart move on Type's behalf reissuing these brilliant tracks. Also there is a limited edition 2LP version being released which is great as the complete album has never been available before on vinyl. Porter Ricks was a collaboration between Thomas Koner and D&M's Andy Mellwig and together they created some of the finest techno/ dub techno to emerge around the first wave. They later went on to release on Force Inc. However this is considered by many to be their masterpiece. The tracks still hold up so well even after all these years. My first introduction to the duo's sound was when a mate handed me a 12” and said “This is a right trip”. He was of course correct as all the tracks on here are a journey into fractured dub templates, kicking but muted techno, infinite reverb and delay and the occasional feeling you're hanging out with plankton. There is not a single duff track on here so even if you miss out on the vinyl then do grab a CD copy as it's a classic and I can vouch for the fact that's not just some press release hyperbole. Opening with the twelve and a half minute epic ride that is 'Port Gentil' we then find ourselves in 'Nautical Dub' which is like being submerged in a submarine with big blasts of pressurised sounds flooding the sound-sphere with liquid bleeps. Then there's the magnificent squelch of 'Biokinetics 1' and the more isolationist Koner sound of 'Bio Kinetics 2'. 'Port Of Call' is a cut aimed more at the dancefloor with a simple 4/4 beat and aggressive fizzing analogue riff. A scorcher of a tune! 'Port Of Nuba' consists of an awkward stuttering rhythm with plenty of hiss and static. A really weird track that becomes wonderfully hypnotic. 'Nautical Nuba' works around a crisp hi-hat and has cavernous but yet almost claustrophobic aquatic sounds spilling across both channels. Finally 'Nautical Zone' is a twelve minute bliss out of bubbling electronics, lush chords and metallic shimmers of sound that reflect off one another. Absolutely super throughout and highly recommended.
9/10 Bratfordlad Customer review,
How very bloody exciting, nice one Type!!
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