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senking - Pong
Jens Massel aka Senking is responsible for one of our very favourite electronic albums of the last decade with his 'List' LP for Raster Noton. His music takes the dramatic spirit of classic John Carpenter and Badalamenti themes and updates it with advanced, ultra-modern studio production in order to elucidate his occluded atmospheres. With a deeply personal touch he conjures expansive synematic moods on 'Pong', often tainted with a sinister, midnight jazz appeal and always sculpted from the sort of tactile, synthesized wave shapes and tones your ears simply can't wait to grasp and fondle like a precious substance. If anything this album is more subdued and tentatively melancholy than its predecessor, strongly reminding of Bohren And Der Club Of Gore on centrepiece 'Low Flow' and in the bunkered feel of 'Luma', but the rhythms also shadow the foreground too, offering distant, Teutonic cousins of dubstep with the brooding bulk of 'Painbug In My Eye', the Shackleton-esque 'Mimi' and 'Death By Drowning', which sounds like Jamie Vex'd's darkest nightmares. For the real sound design freaks, cuts such as 'Breathing Trouble' should give you palpitations over a capable stereo setup and the quaking subs of 'V8' are primed to deploy on your Volvo estate rig, once the kids are dropped off at school. So, maybe imagine Bohren... jamming with Shackleton, John Carpenter and Alva Noto, and you're in the right zone. Highly recommended.