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Without a club to pummel, Anthony Child (Surgeon), Luke Slater, Lady Starlight, Speedy J, KMRU, and Tom Moth (Florence & The Machine) commit a series of quieter correspondences for Berghain’s A-Ton sublabel
Hashing out a ‘Dialogue’ between artists from disparate scenes of techno, electronica, and pop, the four long tracks were begun at the height of the pandemic in 2020 and finished in early 2021, each using a common language of rhythmic ambient electronics in long, winding conversations that arrive at mutually brooding conclusions. There’s an overarching sense of dread and gloom to proceedings, but not without a glimmer of hope that comes thru in their slow, driving persistence, holding to a meditative tension that’s techno at its core, but ambient in effect.
Luke Slater appears as the helmsman or common denominator for each track, flanked by a rotating ensemble whose input keens the cuts in various directions. With KMRU and Speedy J, they improvise a 24’ trek into slow burning pos-industrial zones à la Alessandro Cortini, while Anthony Child and Tom Moth (harpist for Florence & The Machine) help shape up a steeply psychedelic wormholer, before dropping the pulse and coming over all star-eyed in their 2nd work. Finally Lady Gaga’s DJ, Lady Starlight chimes in beside Child and Slater for an exploration of stark, reverberating drone dimensions and iridescent cosmic noise rent with spectralist magick.