Boomkat Product Review:
Back by demand for its first reissue, Heinrich Mueller & Sherard Ingram’s sought-after, 2013 Detroit electro-techno salvo holds its own among the best in class for deep, dark, propulsive Motor City LPs
Alongside its preceding, equally brilliant ‘NRSB-11’ EP, the full course of ’Commodified’ amounts to the entirety of Gerald Donald (Heinrich Mueller, Drexciya) and Sherard Ingram’s (DJ Stingray, Urban Tribe) work together. It is hands-down one of the best album length works to emerge from the 313 in the c.21st, with a dozen tracks that spell out the spectrum of the duo’s mutual tastes for ‘80s sci-fi inspired electro, warehouse techno, and Teutonic-Japanotronic synth tones, galvanised with a steely sense of futurism and conceptual thrust from contemporary economics.
As with their self-titled EP, the album hails a fine line of beatdown electro besides its girder strength bangers. It plays out like the soundtrack to a cyberpunk sci-fi, replete with killer scene-setting intro giving way to the stop/start Arpanet tekkerz of ‘Consumer Programming’ and intricately woven arps of ‘Bioethics’, and appearances of Zwischenwelt’s Penélope on supplying iciest gynoid vox on ‘Living Wage’, and Stingray’s Urban Tribe swag apparent in ‘Laundered’ and ‘Dead Civilization’, while the stepping warehouse pounder ‘Globalisation’ and aerodynamic electro of ’Shadow Corp’ are clear standouts for the DJs/dancers. A near perfect album for headphone moochers and NRG drink-guzzling hackers.