Gajek is no stranger to electronic sound explorations, citing influence from Germany's elite players from the last four or five decades. These strands have been pulled together to create an enthralling work of dizzying beats, sublime textures and borderline ritualistic grace that isn't afraid to get dark either.
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Yes! Gajek (Matti) is back on Monkeytown Records (fun!) with another full LP* of those electronic textures that you love. Plus the occasional flute. It’s a real head-spinning collection of voices, beats and timbres with sounds like things being hit by wooden clubs, bells, deep throbbing bass and whirlwinds of electronics. These things often happening all at the same time, as on the kaleidoscopic and frankly insane track ‘St. Pierre’. In fact -- as overtly referenced in the main sleeve photo -- there’s a whole lot of noises here, including the kitchen sink.
‘Futur Zwei’ sounds like a no-holds-barred battle between Oneohtrix Point Never and Clark. The clattering beats continue throughout the record; on ‘Feld’, jackhammer techno gets caught in a wormhole and is on the verge of returning as something contorted, splintered, splattered. The layers of pulses and horrific dissonance on ‘Trage Es Weit’ are a sheer joy to become overwhelmed by. Herein are many layers of darkness; sometimes it’s terrifying, often exhilarating, always beautiful. A total triumph of a record. Oh, and a mention for Bo Kondren and his sterling mastering. I recommend you play this loud on big speakers (or on good headphones if you care about your neighbours, you lovely thoughtful person you).
*CD if you prefer.
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