Boomkat Product Review:
Following the widely acclaimed reissue of Christoph De Babalon’s goth-jungle classic ‘If You’re Into It, I’m Out of It’, A Colourful Storm shed more light on the period running up to and including those unparalleled recording sessions with this new LP of killer, ruffneck pearls.
‘Exquisite Angst’ documents 9 pieces of dark ambient and rasping jungle breaks cloaked in the bleakest, bleached-out atmospheres. Then and now, the German artist’s sound stands out for its combination of isolationist scowl and ragged swagger, and ‘Exquisite Angst’ is full of it.
The label have done a great job in selecting and sequencing the cuts to offer a full spectrum survey of De Babalon’s formative style, arrriving with the opiated bedsit ambience of ‘Gaseous Invertebrate’, and lashing out with the brittle-boned breaks of ‘Kirchengänger’ and ‘Realistic Riot Ritual Routine’, before strafing between trip hop and breakcore in ‘Are You Talking To Me?’, while the B-side focusses in on his cinematic appeal with the decayed, windswept strings of ‘Alpenglühen’, and the pensive epic ‘Meditate’ recalls styles to come from Karl-Marx-Stadt.
The nerve-riding quality and gothic intent of De Babalon's music clearly endures and resonates with listeners 20 years later, if you were floored by ‘If You’re Into It, I’m Out of It’ - this one's a must.