Vinyl Double LP £20.49 KOMPAKT258
Ltd 2LP + CD on Kompakt (Wolfgang Voigt).
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Wolfgang Voigt has certainly cemented himself in the annals of ambient history with his fantastic Gas project. Here he is in collaboration with Jorg Burger (The Modernist etc)...mmm, burgers... Together they produce swathes of post-acid squelchy techno with nods to past heroes (Cabaret Voltaire, Human League, Vangelis) but with a bleak almost gothy futuristic bent. The Vangelis angle is played heavy on the press release, informing that this is almost like a Kolsch version of the Bladerunner soundtrack. Who am I to argue? Especially where the album is let loose on pulsing, repetitive synths as on the endless 'Ambientot'. That said there is also an emphasis on melody and the soft atmospherics of 'Saturn' are a joy to behold, building slowly with low end percussion, mantra like bass and a general Kraut rock like vibe. Impressive but I'm more excited that the press release hints that these two bonded over a love of Prefab Sprout and Orange Juice. I'd love to hear those influences infiltrate the stark, frozen pulsing world they inhabit here.
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