Boomkat Product Review:
Terre Thaemlitz rips it right back to the start with a first ever compilation of her earliest productions, including her 1993 debut ‘Raw Through a Straw’ and its bass-heavy ambient B-side plus all the other releases under the Comatonse.000 banner, making for another indispensable 80 minute dive into one of the most satisfying and great catalogues in all of electronic music.
Delving deep into the years when Terre shifted from DJing deep house and disco at downtown NYC queer clubs to making her own music, ‘comatonse.000.R3’ seamlessly integrates and manifests her queer-rooted politics in effortless form, using the templates of deep house as a springboard for ideas on identity politics and queer philosophy and history - it’s sheer brilliance throughout.
Making up the first release on Terre’s label, Comatonse, and also found on her debut album for Instinct, ‘Raw Through A Straw’ is a real NY Loft classic, deploying the seminal Scorpio break against a gently jaw-dropping backdrop of blushing ambient pads and bluesy piano vamps, also in its previously unheard ‘Double Live’ take, which imagines a utopian ideal of deep house.
In lush contrast, her debut 12”s B-side ‘Tranquilliser’ speaks to Terre’s downbeat side with sublimely contoured subs and ultra subtle electronic timbres that exemplify that prized sound sensitivity which delineates into her interests in digital jazz and neo-expressionist piano music on the ‘Tranquilliser (Live in the North)’ mix, and its shimmering ‘Demo Version’. Also of particular interest are the two rare cuts from her one-off Social Material 12”, crafted in 1997 and rolling off the example of ‘Raw…’ with the swooning subs, heart-gripping keys and clipped breaks of ‘Class’ and the return of that snaking Scorpio break swept into ‘Consciousness’.
It’s all so good dammit.
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