Boomkat Product Review:
Rhythmic hypnosis by Harmonious Thelonious on a relatively rare modern day work issued by Hamburg’s krautrock archivists Bureau B, following the excellent ‘Plong’ LP and his outernational music studies.
Always welcome in these parts, Stephan Schwander - an original Salon Des Amateurs resident alongside Vladislav Delay, Tolouse Low Trax and Lena Willikens - continues his pursuit of the perfect, minimalist groove with the infectiously efficient swang and shuffle of ‘Cheapo Sounds’. A classy lesson in rhythmic economy and maximising mesmerising potential, the 10 trax put finely picked fundamentals thru their paces with a singular traction derived from his personal understanding of what makes Pan-African, South American and Middle Eastern rhythms tick, while adhering to a classic Teutonic sense of sleek, driving motion and tangy electronic tone.
As the title implies, he cocks a snook at producers with all the gear and no idea, deploying fairly basic and unprocessed sounds in hypnotic style and pattern with proof in the pudding. Dancing around and not on the beat, the grooves unfurl from wavy Arabic disco on ‘Soft Opening Machine’ to serene echoes of Cluster in ‘Afterhour’, diffracting the momentum between his languid ‘Liquid Sound waves’ to Detlef Weinrich-esque slow and chewy swang on ‘Limitations’, and a piece recalling Carl Craig’s remix of Junior Boys in ‘M And A’, or paralleling proto-new beat in the jaunty bop ‘Gummy Twist & Crawl (Die Koffer Sind Leer)’, and adjacent Novo Line in ‘Sunglasses’.