Boomkat Product Review:
Incredible raw, atmospheric house, proto-techno and synth experiments, a collaboration between Cologne's Barnt, Crato and Jens-Uwe Beyer in a very limited edition of 44 records, each housed in heavy card stock with a unique stamped and numbered print within. The trio have been collaborating on different projects together on and off since 1999, primarily in Germany, but with brief stints in London and Manchester. There's something rather timeless about Magazine 4 - for all its nods to cold wave, and Schnitzler-style krautrock pulsation, it has a presence and self-possession that makes it more than merely retro. With its moody, melodic synth-strings, crisp snapclaps and bulbous b-line, 'Happen Nearly' is the missing link between Kraftwerk and Virgo, while 'The Visitors Bureau' is a particularly dubbed-out take on the Pop Ambient house sound of GAS and The Field, and 'Can Tell You What's Going On', has a terrifically caustic industrial vibe that reminds us variously of Mika Vainio, NON and Muslimgauze. The more abstract, minimalist 'Every Day In The Valley' completes this remarkable set, its radiophonic gurgles and uncanny pastoral ambience coming over like a Teutonic take on the Ghost Box sound.