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Boomkat Product Review:
Ben UFO drops picks out two unexpected club belters for Melodies Record Club's DJ-friendly reissue series and it's a doozy: Laurie Spiegel's modular percussive headmelter 'Drums' on one side, and the Knife's Olof Dreijer's 'Echoes From Mamori' on the flip - a track made out of arpeggios generated from bird and frog recordings.
Trust Ben UFO to stick his name on a dance 12" that's just about as far removed from the expected dancefloor throb as you can get. Laurie Spiegel's 'Drums' was originally featured on her paradigm-shifting 1980 classic "The Expanding Universe", but cleaved of context feels strangely contemporary in this dance setting. It's hardly a surprise that Ben featured it on his first BBC Essential Mix in 2013. The track has all his hallmarks: shifting rhythm, no obvious kick drum, an almost non-Euro feel but also rooted in kosmische music.
Olaf Dreijer's side is more tricky; the composition was recorded for a 2009 Adnan Yildiz exhibition entitled “THERE IS NO AUDIENCE”, and played on loop during the show. Dreijer clearly had fun with this one, and took recordings he'd made in the Amazon of frogs and birdsong from his home in Berlin, piping them into a sampler and letting it rip. The result is a strangely playable low-key house slow-burner that seems to evolve from the natural world like a dance party in remote forest. Over a decade after it was made, and considering the ubiquitousness of birdsong in contemporary electronic music, it's kinda hilarious and great.