Boomkat Product Review:
Optimo dig out the early ‘90s acid experiments of Khan (Can Oral) and Roger Cobernuss (Kerosene) for a reminder of more wigged out, innocent times
The H.E.A.D. project locates Khan in his NYC years, prior to moving back to Germany and becoming instrumental in the minimal house scene. Working with another prolific ‘90s producer, Soberness the pair cook up some tart and tangy acid mutations not really meant for the ‘floor, or at least peak times preferring a style of low burning and psychedelic exploration that loops the acid house sound back into a ‘60s sort of loose psych freedom.
Heady by name and nature, the eight tracks progressively gouch out from the cosmic interceptions of ‘EFS 3’ to a pair of extended trips tilting over the 17min mark in ‘EFS 5’ and ‘EFS 1’, by which point you will probably be rolling on the carpet. They very much like Vladimir Ivkovic’s Goa trance on 33-not-45 styles, especially in the longest work’s distorted and dubbed out acid gurgle, and do eventually brim up to a full acid house charge with the wonky strut of ‘EFS 6’, before slipping into what sounds like Plastikman meditating at Charanjit Singh’s altar in ‘EFS 2.’