Captagon by Rod Modell

Techno man Rod Modell is back with a full length album for that there Tresor. On Captagon Modell has refined his craft. Tracks change impercitably but still manage to hit hard. On top of this the producer is capable of tackling a variety of tempos, his minimalism surviving everything he throw at it. What can I say but "oooofff!"

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Captagon by Rod Modell
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8/10 Ant 26 June 2019

Is the music changing or is it just my perception? This has been a constant fascination of mine, and a key factor as to why I’m such a techno freak - the sheer magic of the hypnotizing properties of repetition and nuance when well executed is absolutely transcendent. 

Rod Modell has proved to be a master of the art form and in particular an expert in crafting those elements. Modell is a purveyor of infinitely deep, celestial/oceanic/ethereal analogue sound, f/x and minimalism. His output can effortlessly switch between radiant armchair ambient to blissed dub techno and more driving dancefloor tackle. As the Berlin/Detroit techno alliance grows ever stronger, he now lands on Tresor with a slammer of an album. Anyone into the most bangin’ Deepchord and cv313 trax is in for a blast with ‘Captagon’.

Opener ‘Triangulation’ immediately transports us into his mysterious terrain, the map and direction slowly plotting itself as it unfolds. Then we plunge into the uptempo ‘Reiki’ which works a sort of mesmerizing Basic Channel ‘Phylyps Trak’ type magic as his loops interact, interweave and play off of each other. ‘ITO’ gets even heavier with the percussion more foregrounded - it wields a frantic intensity and energy that’s beautifully harnessed by a glowing iridescent backdrop. The boomy groove of ‘Riga’ seduces with static and flickering, fleeting traces of narcotic melody. The subtly ecstatic ‘Jade’ reverberates magnificently - each element seemingly ricocheting off of the walls. Meanwhile, the trippy, pulsating ‘Tracer’ is Modell at his toughest and fast-paced - sounding as though it's been custom built to be cranked out at Tresor’s legendary club. The rhythmic skeleton of ‘Scrawler’ is optimised and functional while the elements that warp and shift around it feel intangible - just as you try to latch on to a squelch or squiggle it evaporates. ‘Qurra’ gets pretty psychedelic as it peaks and troughs - like being inside an echo chamber with mirrored walls. Finally, he unleashes his secret sub bass weapon ‘Air-Port’ which is just a perfect example of how he’s able to reconcile driving energy with delicate ethereal sound.

So great to hear Modell shift away from his recently favoured ambient mode with some fuel for the feet as well as the mind. Oh, and the CD edition includes three additional tracks!

10/10 Sheikh Customer rating (no review), 30th January 2020



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