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Ultra heavyweight masters of techno collaboration here. It’s been some years since we had these guys on record together. ‘Borderland’ is released on CD and across three limited edition heavyweight vinyl 12”s which are limited to 500 copies so I don’t expect they’ll hang around for too long. I’ve heard this record a few times now and it works it’s magic in a very subtle fashion.
Beginning with ‘Electric Garden (Jazz In The Garden Mix)’ with its mesmerising groove, digital birds, insects and trumpet. Then ‘Electric Dub’ continues the theme, as with lots of Moritz Von Oswald material his tracks are often like the same theme being remixed, so this is like the previous track but without the trumpet and given some dubwise treatment. ’Footprints’ is housey with dub techno flourishes recalling Model 500’s ‘Starlight’ with really crisp percussion and of course pristine production.
Then we get ‘Electric Garden’ (Original Mix). At this point, as much as I like the material I do question whether it really works as an album or is better as 3 12”s as this is essentially a stripped back version of the opener. I think they get away with it though as there is enough variation to be had later. ‘Treehouse’ has a synth that has Juan Atkins written all over it, then a brilliant jazzy melody kicks in. ‘Mars Garden’ as the title suggests is futurist and brings to mind images of sprouting alien plant life. ‘Digital Forest’ is a pleasant slice of high-tech soul leading on to closer ‘‘Afterlude’. As you would expect there are some real moments of inspiration to be found here although there are also points where it really just sounds like they’re going through the motions. Don’t come expecting another ‘Jazz Is The Teacher’ but if you’re looking for some decent, understated deep techno from the ultimate Detroit Berlin alliance then this will gradually reward over repeated listens.
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