Boomkat Product Review:
Originally released on 12" on the now defunct Merck label, 'Ludwijka' has now been extended into a full album for the German-based Shitkatapult imprint. This is Swedish bloke Ilar's foray into the murky (or should I say Mercky?) world of IDM, and here he throws away his 4/4 tendencies in favour of the glitchy beatplay of Proem or Mr. Projectile. You know what the score is here, the year is 2000 and there are melodies crawling slowly over MAX/MSP fried digital beats, you hear an occasional fragment of piano, a submerged pad or a booming bass only for it to be snatched away by a stray glitch. What sets this apart from the IDM of yesteryear I suppose though is Ilar's extraordinary attention to detail, a skill he has clearly refined while making tunes to caress the mind while tear up the dancefloor. It might be nothing new, but it's done very well indeed, and the final track 'Ludwijka IX' is fifteen minute chunk of noisy ambience Tim Hecker fans would do well to look closer at. Check it.