Boomkat Product Review:
The Basic Channel CD, originally crept in and out of racks worldwide in 1995, released with stealth in a plain cardboard envelope, with photocopied, smudgy artwork, encouraging the prospective customer to 'Buy vinyl'! After this initial run, the release achieved some notoriety, as it appeared in the by now infamous metal box, packaging perfection, if not entirely practical. These versions have been unavailable for a good while, languishing, criminally out of print, but still heading many a wants list, as the digital retrospective of classic period berlin, ninety three to ninety four, cavernous deep techno, dubwise. From today's perspective, this open sound laid the groundwork for much of the later Rhythm & Sound output, with its echo-heavy atmospheric density. For this writer, this disc pretty well opened the door to this amazing music, and yet it never quite pretends to be exhaustive. Specific edits from classic, classic twelve inches like 'Radiance' [BC 08], the two Quadrant pieces [BC 04 and BC 06], the abstract ambience of Cyrus' 'Presence' from the awesome 'Inversion' [BC 05] all consistently overpower. Clubby jawdroppers like 'Phylyps Trak' parts one and two are surprisingly absent, yet the awesome remix of the 'Lyot' anthem from the Maurizio series by Rene Lowe aka Vainqueur, goes some way towards compensating. The thrust of this disc is something approaching an unmade statement, made spacious and quite reserved for the digital environment, rather than the more imperative, vinyl flavoured club weapons. Add to this, an opening which fairly transports the listener, the unreleased 'Q loop' into Mark and Mauritz' 'e2e4 basic reshape', later sighted by Planet E fanciers on Paperclip People's 'Throw' followed up with the static, billowing intricacies of 'Mutism', again prime, unreleased business. This cd works on so many levels, as atmospherics, or simply building up an epic submerged groove, or even, as if further encouragement were needed, to 'Buy vinyl' and check out those missing numbers - those omitted, but still priceless b-sides and extended versions and dubs: playing frequently in an attempt to wear it out, challenge the digital fixity. This is an absolute must.