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Boomkat Product Review:
FFT’s label ventures Christoph De Babalon at his stripped-back best, toggling bony warehouse breaks and growling bass under patented, perpetual crepscular atmospheres
‘Leaving Time’ feels to enact a lycanthropic metamorphosis of figures in four parts that follow down the path from his definitive early works on CFET & DHR, and recent second wind of aces for likes of V I S or AD 93. The gulf between CdB’s eras is broadly defined by an increased emphasis on ominous space and brittle-boned slinkiness that’s most potently apparent on this new batch from the dark alchemist’s Berlin dungeon.
Creeping into view with a scoured late ‘90s guitar tone and chain-whipped toms of ‘The Upper Hand’ like some undead fusion of The Mover meets NIN, he follows that line of inspiration into spring-heeled breaks and a pall of gothic romantic pads in ‘I Trusted You’. The Frankenstein’s monster-like de/reconstruction of detuned Reese bass and articulated limb swivel on ‘Steps Into Solitude’ enhances the feel with something like an echo of peak Skull Disco and Raime ricocheting via Croww, and ‘Got to Let Go’ taps into the eternal vein of inspiration from darkside late ‘90s jungle with masterly poise that shows CDB is still the boss of the dancefloor netherworld.