Boomkat Product Review:
Just the first set of previously unreleased James Stinson (aka Drexciya) tracks in over a decade, no big deal, eh? Yeh, we’re as excited as you to see these tracks finally reach light of day, offering a rare glimpse into the archives of one of electronic music’s most revered auteurs, bar none.
As the title implies, Laptop Cafe is a sort of addendum to the recently released Lifestyles Of The Laptop Cafe by Stinson’s Other People Place alias, presenting a slightly rawer, saltier adjunct to that LP’s beautifully slick and soulful electro-house with a similar blend of warm jazz chords and louche grooves, but offset here with a piquant patina of prickling and more chaotic electro scribble and curious crowd noise.
They arguably feel a bit more “unfinished” or unpolished than the Other People Place cuts, and that’s a big part of their charm, with a real sense of enigma to the washes of seaside or crowd noise in the swanging pressure of Song 06 and Song 05 which bookend the plate, and some strangely seductive, avian chirrups recalling Hieroglyphic Being productions in Song 02, whilst Song 01 and Song 04 sound a bit like Kraftwerk recalibrating their pocket calculators while holidaying in the Bermuda triangle.