Boomkat Product Review:
'Fridge Trax Plus' compiles Editions Mego's pivotal first ever release with the successive 'Live and Final Fridge' to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the label's existence. Back in 1995, along with the output of Warp and Sähkö, these trax marked a bold progression of electronic music towards the convergence of dance music dynamics and experimental abstraction, paving the way for a whole generation of artists to follow in their wake. Transforming recordings made inside a fridge into humming ambient drones, swarming noise clusters and sparking techno pulses, they're genuinely ground-breaking in a sense that's all too rare nowadays, combining strange, rhythmic ambiguity with a taste for timbral sensation and a unique spatial sensitivity that's often all too absent from so much rote electronica and dance music nowadays. Like Philip Corner's 'Cold Water Basin' 35 years before it, or Mark Leckey's soundtrack for 'GreenScreenRefridgerator' 15 years later, 'Fridge Trax' hears and gives voice to the uncommon funk and oddness of the everyday, revealing a closer, incisive reading of our environment thru immersive connection and conceptual detachment, as well as opening a space for reflection in the most unlikely of places. Amazingly - and perhaps fittingly given the context - the album still sounds so fresh, especially for a release from an era using machines and techniques which have been heavily appropriated over the years. Ultimately, if you're into anything from Herbert to Shapednoise or Hecker, this is utterly essential listening.