Boomkat Product Review:
Smart collection of new and experimental works, compiled by Peter Kersten (Lawrence), Christian Naujocks and Richard von der Schulenburg a.k.a. Sky Walking for their eponymous, Hamburg-based label - an offshoot of Dial - some two years since their enchanting debut release.
The compilation is intended as a sort of international cross-section of related units from Hamburg, Berlin and New York, surveying their friendly compatibility and differences in ten parts spanning their own material alongside the work of their peers, such as (Phillip) Sollmann & (John) Gürtler, Nika Son, Sergei Tcherepnin (nephew of the namesake modular maestro) and Jörg Hiller a.k.a. Konrad Sprenger, who recently contributed to Oren Ambarchi’s Hubris album.
In the best sense, this is the sort of record that could have emerged almost anytime between the late ‘70s and modern day on any number of private pressings or as the survey of some international tape-mailing network, whose members all simply agree that they should go where the fuck they want, rather than conceding to commercial interest.
Sergei Tcherepnin fronts the session with a scrabbling modular animation, Queer 1, setting an open template that the others proceed to highlight, from the honking no wave sax and ‘tronics of Sollman & Gürtler’s Gegen Die Zeit to Eve Essex & Dan Fox’s shoegazing post-rock piece, Nose, and a warped nugget from Sky Walking, plus the lush ambient abstraction of Session by Konrad Sprenger, and what sounds like a prepared piano being sucked down a plughole in Nika Son’s Drissk.