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- Skogen, Flickan och Flaskan by MCMXCI (1991)
8/10 Ant Staff review, 17 January 2013
I know nothing of MCMXCI (1991) other than that it’s the handle of a Swedish chap. What we have on ‘Skogen, Flickan och Flaskan’ are six tracks of raw, rugged and uncompromising warehouse techno. Throughout the tracks feel very mechanical and rigid but wander off here and there into noisy and quirky territory.
Some of the bleepier moments recall Karl O’Connor and David Sumner’s output as Portion Reform on Downwards during the 90’s and also as the press blurb suggests Unit Moebius. There are even parts a little reminiscent of Neil Landstrumm’s jackin’ Peacefrog years. You know the kind of techno that your mum thinks is a burglar alarm going off. I have to confess to being somewhat underwhelmed on first listen (bare in mind I am a massive techno head), having felt I’d really heard it all before, which is true to some extent but the record does have some freaky appeal. It has a gritty very free jam like quality at times which balances out the 4/4 framework giving a feel that much of it may have been recorded live in one take, but really who knows.
I’m not blown away but I quite enjoyed listening, whether the record will endure repeated listens remains to be seen. The true test however will be to have it booming on some dysfunctional dancefloor in some illicit bunker rave. Huerco S pops up for a ‘New Age Reduction’ right at the end which pretty much does what it says on the tin sounding not unlike Dolphins Into The Future.
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