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1 review | 6 people love this record: be the 7th!

The future days of techno are here with Objekt's debut record, coming out via the ever-trusty PAN. Objekt has been prominent for a while now, releasing a bunch of 12" and making a name for himself in his home-town Berlin. 'Flatland' is his first full-length, offering those textures up for a sustained narrative. He tries to get cinematic on this one, hoping for "a world in which any scene can be seen from every angle". That's pretty Coen Brothers of him. 

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Flatland by Objekt
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6 people love this record. Be the 7th!
8/10 Jim Staff review, 20 October 2014

Objekt (aka TK Herz) has a lot to live up to on this debut full-length LP. Having already established a reputation amongst discerning techno/electronica heads through his 12"s (including an acclaimed split with Dopplereffekt), the long playing format seems to have unleashed an almost godlike level of ambition in the producer himself, providing him with an opportunity to sonically create ‘a world in which any scene can be seen from every angle at once’. Well, I guess the word ‘scene’ is telling here, as the album sees Objekt augment his fluent electro vocabulary with an extremely detailed and cinematic approach to sound design that’s so vivid, it’s hard not to imagine some filmic sequence unfolding as you listen. I guess this places it in the tradition of other Berlin-based sound-designers like Monolake (like Robert Henke, TK Herz works as a music software developer), except that for my money Objekt has a rawer, more contemporary edge when it comes to the rhythmical side of things.

Overall, the album is pretty mercurial, constantly shifting andswitching things around; focusing on fine textural details one minute then panning out to incorporate an expansive melodic surge the next. My personal favourite moments are the skanking Hip-Hop of 'Second Witness', which lopes along under a Ken Ishii-like synthesized sunset while a fragmented, Plaid-style melody ricochets across the stereo field. I also think that Objekt shines particularly on the darker, more paranoid sounding tracks like 'Agnes Apparatus' and the closer ‘Cataracts’, which combine languid melodies with disorienting textures to maximum alienating effect. There is so much surface complexity here that the album may seem a little hard to get a handle on at first, but you just know that there’s enough depth there to get properly lost in, if you so wish that is.



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