Boomkat Product Review:
If you’ve ever wondered what LP5/EP7-era Autechre would sound like if it was served up with a double helping of bass, Grischa Lichtenberger is here to provide, with his debut, snappily titled full length ‘and.IV [inertia]’. We’ve had a soft spot for that sound for ages, and while to many it’s beyond passé, Lichtenberger has brought it back with more of that Raster-endorsed precision. From the lolloping sub-wobbling near-crunk of ‘1011_11_ss1’ to the finger snapping Prince-indebted ‘1110_01_lv_1b’ there’s a sense that there’s far more to the album than a simple exercise in stark, crunchy nostalgia. Funkstoerung and Arovane both tried their hands at doing similar things back in the day, but we reckon Lichtenberger might have nailed it, pulling subtle, mysterious melodies out of nowhere and slapping them haphazardly into some of the most deliriously complex beats we’ve heard for a while. A far cry from the monotonous pulse of contemporary techno, and a welcome addition to the Raster Noton catalogue.