Co-founder of the Farbwechsel imprint, Budapest based producer S Olbricht (UIQ, Opal Tapes) forms ambient techno pieces that sound as if they have been recorded too fast and slowed to the correct BPM resulting in everything sounding thuggy, pitched down and warm. Comes with a two track 10” which features conceptual reworkings of a single track - Ovacrwded.
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Following releases on Opal Tapes and Lee Gamble's UIQ imprint, Budapest’s S Olbricht brings the existential techno from Hungary on his latest 6-or-7-track EP for the redoubtable Lobster Theremin. I say 6 or 7, because the final track, ‘Ovacrwded’ -- delivered on a 10” piece of final separate from the main LP -- comes in two flavours, a fast one and a slow version. The former is unsettling with plodding drums and inky synths and the latter takes broken drums and scatters them over a rolling and tumbling moog. The bulk of the album comes on the 12” slab and opens with a funky analogue groove; ‘Asterid’ is an hypnotic house track layered with multiple, sparsely melodic keys and snaking syncopation atop warm bass pulses.
It’s when Olbricht ventures away from the dancefloor that things get more interesting… ‘Blambestrid’ is a fragmented and brooding piece that creeps through the inner alleys of your mind to haunt you, but sounds a lot less disconcerting when played pitched-up at +8. Then there’s ‘Rien’ with its looped jazzy organ stabs and swirling ambience. ‘Fadaisco’ is a jackin’ dancefloor shaker that becomes gradually more sinister in tone as the track progresses and ‘Gesnaria’ is a Gas-like mesmeric interlude.
A good combination of dancers and psyche-rs. Can’t say fairer than that.
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