Boomkat Product Review:
Those Funckarma chaps are busy boys aren't they, having laid down productions for the Shadowhuntaz and released some seriously destructive dancefloor rhythms with their Cane project, they've also found time to compile some of their classic early EPs into one easy to swallow package. Released on the always great-looking Sending Orbs label, 'Elaztiq Bourbon 5' compiles three vinyl only releases - Neo Ouija's 'Elaztiq', Delicatessen's 'Bourbon Sounds' and Dub's 'Part 5' - see what they did there? As you can imagine the sound here is strictly mashed-up, intricate IDM, I'm talking early Autechre, I'm talking early Arovane, I'm talking Funckarma. The Funcken brothers know exactly what they're doing and their keen hand throws down melody and complex beatplay with an ease rarely seen these days. The beats are clipped and destructive, the melodies emotive and disintegrated, I'd even go so far to say these three EPs were where they showcased their finest work. The 'Elaztiq' EP particularly was always a favourite, so the only oddity I found here was the omission of the title track... a strange choice. Still, this is a comprehensive and enjoyable compilation that is bound to remind you of those long lost IDM-list reading days of old. Very good.