Boomkat Product Review:
Cracking first new album from Detlef Weinrich's Tolouse Low Trax in 3 years, knotting up 13 permutations of signature, asymmetric rhythms and groggiest electronics strongly tipped to fans of Vladimir Ivkovic’s Offen Music, Lena Willikens, Dale Cornish, Toresch and, of course, Kreidler.
Highly regarded as resident at the now defunct Salon Des Amateurs from his native Düsseldorf, Detlef has carved one of the most distinctive sounds in contemporary leftfield club music thanks to his deeply unusual grooves and hypnotic arrangements over the past 15 years as a solo artist. Also an erstwhile member of beloved German band Kreidler, and half of Toresch’s agit-industrial equation with Viktoria Wehrmeister, the producer/DJ/musician is now based in Paris where he made ‘Leave Me Alone’ - a wickedly grouchy and grizzled suite of crooked bops that are patently happy to dance in their own corner of the club until someone shoos them onto the street.
While TLT’s characterful rhythm programming and cuboid juxtapositions speak for themselves to knowing dancers, he also sounds great when working with vocalists. Across ‘Leave Me Alone’ he’s variously joined Brooklyn’s Chris Hontos aka Beat Detectives, plus poet and multidisciplinary artist Fran from Paris, and Pier Paolo Pasolini poems recited by Italian synthesist and singer Eva Geist, as the album proceeds to oscillate between urbane electro-dub instrumentals and finely toned vocal parts that add up to a low key intoxicating effect.
TLT’s viscous instrumental grooves get best traction for us in the likes of his slow lathered ‘Muddy Floors’, the hobbled eski grime of ‘Gates’, and the drily pliable, mutable dub of ‘Yellows’, and equally sound brilliant when smudged into song forms, as on ‘Impure Nature’, which sounds like a more ‘80s industrial echo of Dale Cornish’s recent album, and a superb echo of Rusty Egan’s Burundi Black remix in ‘Bianca From Rome’.