Boomkat Product Review:
Nina K’s трип present a wormhole like introduction to the stellar electronic work of Sigurbjörn Þórgrímsson aka Biogen; an icelandic artist at the core of his country’s electronic music scene since the early ‘90s, back when he can lay claim to working with Goldie in his nascent Rufige Kru guise, and was responsible for co-founding one of Iceland’s best regarded techno labels, Thule Records. Sadly , Sigurbjörn passed away in 2011, but evidently left an impressive body of work which many listeners will only now be made aware of.
Compiled by Nina K from DATs collected by Þórgrímsson’s pal, Jonas Gudmundsson aka Ruxpin, the set covers 13 parts of virulent acid, breakbeat and “sofa-trance” mutations which effectively bridge the gap between the label’s rather obvious obsession with Aphex Twin and their series of contemporary productions by Bjarki, which have so far taken up most of their catalogue numbers.
The vibe is mostly optimistic and utopian spirited in that classic early ‘90s sense, shot thru with pangs of melancholy that may be attributed to the artist’s struggle with manic-depressive disorder, and likewise understood by anyone who enjoys going thru the usual seesaw of emotions that come with hardcore weekends and mid-week recompense.
It’s the kind of unconventional, twysted and lush gear you could easily imagine turning up on Rephlex or Planet Mu any time over the last 20 odd years, launching listeners from cryptic monologues to HangableAutobulb style electrocutions in Lag 38 and the shelter skelter velocity of Borealis and levitating chromatic harmonics in Autofloat - and that’s only the first side; with the rest taking in slamming Universal Indicator acid on 160 techno; quicksilver electro in Lag 9, epic ‘sofa-trance’ (his own term) in Bliss; dextrous braindance in 303 Ambient,; and a beautiful beat-less kiss off with Halogen Continues.