Boomkat Product Review:
Irresistible 4th solo album of grooving serialist structures inspired by african rhythms and american minimalist music, realised by Stefan Schwander’s rhythm ’n noise project Harmonious Thelonious.
Last heard in the ace Diskanted compilation and before that on a split side with Abul Mogard, Harmonious Thelonious’ International Dance Record dedicates eight alternately rasping and slinky rhythmelodies to the dance in his most populist, wide appealing album statement to date.
It’s really no stretch of the imagination to draw connections between his afro-american influences and these trax’s shared roots between plugged-in U.S. house and regional african dance trax of the last 20 odd years, especially the kind of gear pulled out by Awesome Tapes From Africa.
The vibe is sun-kissed and optimistically bubbling throughout, tilling the finest grooves from the chiming patter of Kimbili to the organ-heated swing and shuffle of (Muziek) Remake and the head high poise of Talking About, which could almost be Ata Kak meets Ron Trent, thru to the sublime, Ethiopiques-meets-The Mystics wooze of Rivera.