Thursday, 31 January 2008

QUICKSILVER MOON (the pulsing side of musick)


Original Issue: 1996 Chain Reaction (CRD-01)

Margot-meter: 4,5 moons / 5

1 Port Gentil
2 Nautical Dub
3 Biokinetics 1
4 Biokinetics 2
5 Port Of Call
6 Port Of Nuba
7 Nautical Nuba
8 Nautical Zone

Another masterpiece by the likes of Thomas Köner (this time together with Andy Mellwig).

from Discogs:

Porter Ricks’ “Biokinetics” is Berlin dub that got thrown overboard somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle, to emerge as one of the most interesting Chain Reaction releases. It has all the hallmarks of the seminal German label: industrial percussion & beatscapes with heavy fx processing. But is has a shimmer to it that most of the other Chain Reaction releases lack, a glitter like the waves of an ocean or the scales of a fish. The tracks that don’t necessarily shimmer gurgle and ooze like seaweed in a tide pool, or sort of drift along like the flotsam that accumulates in a marina. This CD takes me somewhere that no other music can. No other CD I own manages to simultaneously sound so completely mechanic, and yet so entirely organic.


One album that managed to stand the test of time and become a true classic of the genre. Like Daft Punk's "Homework", its influence in this style is almost ubiquitous, yet often subtlety employed. Swirling underwater textures coupled with harsh techno beats and a degree Basic Channel subtlety is the name of the game here, and listening to their solo ventures, you can easily see who brings what to the mix. Without doubt, "Nautical Dub" is the track that always does it for me; all of the elements come to a major climax here (albeit an early one) and the result is one of the most defining tracks of minimal techno. If only it was a little longer...



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mrx said...

nice choice! good minimal dub techno always welcomed. basic channel/chain reaction/rhythm & sound is crucial material.

Anonymous said...

hi margot! have been following your eclectic choices of late.. some truly weird stuff, so kudos.. porter ricks are certainly pioneers, and anything with koner's name attached is good as gold.. personally a bit of the minimal dub techno is a bit ferocious for my tastes, though this seems like a welcome inclusion.. am really enjoying some asmus teitchens stuff of late, with david lee myers, 60.00, h-menge, some of it very floaty in a most peculiar way.. extremely minimal i would say, and highly unlike what you would usually associate with teitchens.. i suspect my tastes are a jot tamer when set against yours, veering as they do more toward the sonic textures of a budd, pearce or eno, regardless, thanks again for this and all the other marvelous posts you keep sending our way, and happy witch-hunting?! .. anthony in canada

rick said...

This is OK, Margot, growing on me you could say. I get the organic, almost breathing some of it. Thanks for another interesting d/l. I've been listening to some Phill Niblock too, do you like total drone?

Margot said...

Yeah, absolutely, I love total-drone and hyper-minimalism (as they call it)!

I'm going to post something by Niblock or Jliat sooner on later :)

Stay tuned!

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hopov said...

One of the best minimal-dub-techno releases i heard! New side of Thomas Koner for me.

Anonymous said...

The man is a genius!