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vladislav delay - Multila
My word, times are good for us Basic Channel followers at the moment. This long out-of-print classic from Vladislav Delay was originally released by the Chain Reaction imprint back at the turn of the century and is, for our money at least, the finest album in the hugely impressive Delay canon. Now remastered and given some lovely new artwork, Delay's own Huume imprint have seen fit to bring it back to life - wise moves at a time when people seemingly can't get enough of the whole Berlin dub movement in all its many manifestations. "Multila" is an album drenched in murky reverb and cavernous production, elongated 4/4 variations that revolve around heavy bass transitions and wired synths, mangled up with Delay's signature sound, floating between stripped Techno and beatless washes of sound so dense Thomas Koner would be proud. The album is dominated by the 22-minute "Huone", a track that most brings to mind the minimal manoeuvres of the Sahko imprint, gradually picking up aural detritus in the form of washed-out strings and broken basslines that seem to adapt and mutate every few bars. It's a structure that holds out throughout the album and makes for a captivating listen over it's 73 minute lifespan - and with the benefit of hindsight and a number of brilliant follow-up albums since its original release, its clearer now than ever before just how individual and distinctive this producer is. Followers of Basic Channel, Monolake, Thomas Koner, Porter Ricks and T++ should re-investigate this classic album without further delay. Immense.