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- A Man Dies In The Street Pt. 2 by Sleeparchive
8/10 Ant Staff review, 14 November 2013
Roger Semsroth unleashes the second half of his ‘A Man Dies In The Street’ 12”s for Tresor. Beginning with the uncompromising ‘5’ which sounds remarkably like early Regis with it’s heavy monotone stripped back groove. Regis has undoubtedly been a huge influence although there are deeper atmospherics buried within which make it more than a mere carbon copy of that early Downwards / Birmingham sound. It is kinda like a flashback to the mid to late 90’s which were good times for me so this rugged repetitive hypnotic minimalism is always welcomed by my ears.
Here Semsroth really plays with tension, building a huge sense of anticipation. ‘6’ has a similar sonic palette, here with hissy gaseous synth and a slightly acidic riff. The loops kinda play tricks on the ears where you can’t tell if things are changing or not. In this sense Sleeparchive has really mastered the art of nuance and minimalism. Within these floor destroying techno weapons, the magic lies in what appears to be simple, repetitive loops actually reveal a lot more than is on the surface as the loops interact with each other and the artist interact swith them. So like on third spin you’re hearing things you may not have heard before or your brain interprets them in a different way. It’s like the sonic equivalent to those “magic eye” pictures, when you've focused properly the full picture emerges.
I think this is basically like what techno must soundlike to really old people, I used to get fed up of my dad popping his head round my bedrrom dorr saying "How can you listen to that, it's just the same thing over and over".
‘8’ has all the hallmarks of classic Sleeparchive with mesmerising bleeps, recalling prime early works from Robert Hood, Damon Wild and Mika Vainio. This is pure techno that’s as floor friendly as it is cerebral.
There’s some fun to be had with 2 copies of this on the wheels if you’re oldskool.
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