Boomkat Product Review:
A very welcome 2nd album of rough textured Afro-rhythms and minimalist harmonic layering from Stefan Schwander's Harmonious Thelonious. A clutch of these tracks recently appeared on 12" vinyl but this is the full set; eight in total, building on the strong foundations laid with 2010's well-received 'Talking' LP. Firstly, it's a clear departure from Stefan's pristine output as Antonelli Electr or Repeat Orchestra, among others; still hypnotic yet characterised by a more unruly sense of chaos and cracked texture, a delicious sort of friction which really rubs us up the right way. The most obvious reference point is the DRC's Konono No.1 - just listen to the roiling, motorik rhythm of 'Marak', or 'Drums Of Steel's grazing polyrhythmic grip - and i'm sure he'd openly admit this, but it also clearly draws on some thirty odd years of mechanized percussion in European and American dance music, from Chi-House to EBM and tribal Techno, and then follows Shackleton's lead, slipping off and on the beat in a manner deprived of us by so much rigid, rhythm-based electronic music. Tip!