Boomkat Product Review:
At this point it’s hard to imagine anyone not being familiar with the music on this set, so foundational and complete has its influence been on so much of the music in our orbit over the last two decades that it feels woven into the very fabric of our existence. And yet, still - and frequently - we come across people unfamiliar with it. If that's you - now’s your time; endless pleasure, wonderment, obsession awaits.
Released 20 years ago as a compilation of 12"s released on the label between 1998 and 2001, Rhythm & Sound features edited/extended versions of what must surely rank among the most ageless and precious run of records ever released in electronic music. It’s a feat Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald achieved before - and since - with Basic Channel, M-Series, Main Street and Burial Mix, but the Rhythm & Sound label is no doubt home to their most abstracted, tripped out and meditative work.
Like the burning embers of dub slowly fading to black, this music is far removed from the endless cycle of pale “dub techno" imitations that have plagued us and - almost - diminished the appeal of this set of spirituals in the intervening years. Instead, this is music built on an impenetrable logic thats impossible to replicate; decayed, ancient and yet still speaking to a vision that seems completely futuristic. Whatever your musical leanings are; consider it required, essential listening, no hype.