Boomkat Product Review:
What exactly is a clubber exactly? I'm not sure I'm one, to be quite honest - although I like the occasional jaunt to some kind of drinking and dancing establishment or other, I don't regard it as part of my lifestyle, and therefore I'm probably not a clubber. But having indulged, and continuing to indulge every so often, does that incline me to consider this particular disc as tailor-made for me? Well, maybe so, because the sounds held within are a delectable selection from the terminally underrated Staubgold label - a label who have over the last few years consistently kept us rife with left-of-centre organic home listening recordings, the proof of which is on this album. Mixed by label boss Peter Grummich the label's history is brought together with artists such as To Rococo Rot, Ekkehard Ehlers, Sack und Blumm, Rafael Torel, Andrew Pekler, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, No Neck Blues Band, Sun and more giving the perfect overview of what Staubgold stands for. So we're back to clubbing then, maybe it's a German thing but although these tracks don't really have much to do with getting you into the mood for a long night (and early morning) of industrial techno, what they do have is a perfect aura of post-everything listening music. This is music which would once have been connected to the ailing IDM scene, but now is instead classified as something else entirely, having distanced itself to a point where it can now cut the umbilical cord and be free of the trappings of 'electronic music' altogether. From To Rococo Rot's decidedly rich 'Jackie's Dream' to Kammerflimmer Kollektief's slowly evolving harmonium-led 'Subnarkotisch' or No Neck Blues Band and Embryo's incredibly involving post-jazz 'Weider Das Erste Mal'. This might be suggestive of a style of music maybe not the easiest to get into, and sure not all Staubgold releases have been 'instant' to say the least but with this collection there's not a moment where the music becomes too abrasive or too difficult to absorb. And this is where the tagline maybe makes most sense, there is a feeling that you could play 'Dinner Music for Clubbers' to your more dancefloor inclined acquaintances and they wouldn't kick up a fuss only Judge Jules could remedy, so maybe you should give it a try. A Highly Recommended purchase.