Boomkat Product Review:
Not, in fact, the work of Various Artists, but an early incarnation of Torsten Pröfrock, aka Dynamo, aka T++. Absolutely classic, seminal '97 material...
Various Artists was the deliberately obtuse handle for some of Torsten Pröfrock, aka T++'s finest material. The earliest bits appeared on Chain Reaction in 1995, and these three classic cuts were issued by Fat Cat in 1997 with subsequent remixes from Autechre, Monolake and Pole.
It's probably fair to call these three original cuts prototypical, using the same tools as the rest, but using sounds in a more impressionist, abstracted manner that wasn't quite ambient music, or dancefloor. There's a definite influence from his close Berlin peers Basic Channel, yet the dub influence here is super-cooled to sleeker, planed surfaces and computerised textures.
'8' is a blissfully mesmeric ebb and flow of signature metallic chords and jungle techno with the properties of a supersolid structure taking nearly 20 minutes to fluidly unfold; '8.5' is a brief wormholing interlude; '9' is hypnotically non-melodic in the tradition of Conrad Schnitzler's finest, evolving into some kind of uncertain, experimental dub-tech flux.
It's one of our favourite releases from that era, a real hidden gem for those of you yet to experience its slowly mesmerising charms.