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Boomkat Product Review:
Sterling new release from Cologne's Magazine label, presenting the first substantial recordings from Jaki Liebezeit's Drums Off Chaos percussion ensemble. For their debut album they're also joined by Köln lynchpin Jens-Uwe Beyer, who's best known for his Popnoname productions on Kompakt's Pop Ambient series and as a member of future kosmiche group, Cologne Tape. Despite being in operation for nearly 30 years, the group have only committed their sound to tape on a handful of rare instances including a mail-order CD from 1985, preferring to keep their tribal anarchist sound in the live domain. So the addition of Beyer has more than revitalised them, it's actually got the trio in the studio to record their music! Together they've consolidated the inter-generational gap between the classic Can sound and the updated techno romance of Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project, resulting in a plush and expansive, yet lean and focussed linear style propelled by interlocking tribal polyrhythms and surrounded by sumptuous synthetic scenery of drifting melodies and radiant symphonic flushes. The accent of their precise, dynamic rhythmic codes is enhanced by self-constructed drums and carefully selected sounds from Beyer who innately understands their cadence, placing this album close to recent efforts from the MvO Trio and Mark Ernestus, but firmly grounded with a regional Ruhr dialect of their own. Entrancing stuff.