Boomkat Product Review:
Kompakt kickstart 2003 with a nice surprise, Alex Patterson and Thomas Fehlmann reunite their benchmark collaborations of the nineties. Many of you who picked up on the latest Pop Ambient 2003 compilation late last year will have received one track-worth of priming for this tasty piece, "Dilmum", present here is a static, luscious tonal float, an ambient piece for the armchair massive. In truth, the rest of the twelve has as much to do with Fehlmann's stepping, dubbed up, slant on dance music. "Gee Strings" is a chirpy little number, sexy minimal for the ladies. A trilling string loop is joined by the quintessential Kompakt house feel, edits and a motoring bassline beefing up the leitmotif to good effect. One for the floor. "Cool Harbour" hits a confident note, spanning the entire a side, its a "schaeffel" tune, that Cologne derived hybrid, equal parts 2 -step and dubwise, working here to update the Orb machine to a pristeen 2003 model. Patterson tempers his usual penchant for soundbites, yet pulling out a prime Allen Ginsberg moment, imagining if "the ugly sounds were beautiful", presaging the smashing, chunky melodious thunk of the rhythm.