Boomkat Product Review:
When Basic Channel's first compilation was released some years back it offered people a digital glimpse at their catalogue - made up of track excerpts and exclusive versions/edits that offered a valuable counterpart to their vinyl predecessors. But for many years people have been unable to get hold of the Basic Channel 12" material on CD - something that at long last is rectified with the release of this set.
Although there are only 6 tracks here - Enforcement, Phylyps Trak, Inversion, Octagon, Octaedre and Phylyps Trak II/III (in total representing about a fifth of the original 12" tracks) - the cd clocks in at 80 minutes and each track is an epic in its own right - the shortest track being 10 minutes long, with 'Inversion' clocking in at just under 18.
The material itself has long since slipped into canon - but listening to these tracks again places some considerable emphasis on the fact that Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald managed to piece together a catalogue that just hasn't aged, and continues to bewilder and exert its influence two decades.