Boomkat Product Review:
It used to be amusing to watch out-of-their depth reviewers struggling to find something to say about electronic records - "With a blast of glitch-core mash-up akin to Devon's Aphex Twin", "Impenetrable weird stuff for beardy folk who listen to Autechre.". Oh those two names (along with Squarepusher for anything with an amen break and Boards of Canada for anything with floaty melodies) were the journalists staples for reviewing 'electronic music'. Reference those guys, and it made you look like you knew what you were talking about - or so they thought. Sadly, with this latest effort from Danish electronica also-ran Karsten Pfum, Autechre, Aphex Twin and Squarepusher (to some degree) are the only artists it would even be worth mentioning as Pfum proceeds over nine tracks to persuade me that he's never heard anything but the holy idm trinity. 'Impulse 9' and 'SV_Gravity' sound like Aphex B-Sides complete with all the fancy production tricks you'd hope for, then 'Impulse II' sounds like it just dropped off the arse-end of Autechre's seminal 'LP5', there's even that most Autechre of things, the big glorious electronica tempo-change. It's not even that Pflum does it badly, his production skill is absolutely top notch, but there's just an overwhelming feeling that we've been here before, and we've moved on. If 'Idhax' had been released seven years ago it would have been lumped in with all the masses of idm bedroom producer records and probably championed by a few dedicated fans, now however it simply sounds dated.