Boomkat Product Review:
Amazing tekno salvo from the guts of Berlin’s early rave scene, produced by a member of Gong for the Mutoid Waste Company = a missing link between psych-rock and techno!!!
Since the ‘70s Steffe Lewry has played guitar in psychedelic rock bands, but during the late ‘80s/early ‘90s he was member of Mutoid Waste Company - the legendary gaggle of mutants exiled from London’s rave scene after hassle from the dibble, who ended up in the midst of a transitory Berlin where they created large scale artwork from military detritus and made and played cranky ass psychedelic tekno. Recorded on Korg DDD1 drum machine, Fender Stratocaster, and 4-track for Jonathan Barnett’s film reel of Mutoid art “How The Mutoids Brought Down The Berlin Wall”, the 3 tracks on Steffe’s ‘Mutate’ 12” have been rescued from evidently worn tapes, but still kick their knowledge nearly 30 years later.
Mixing Chicago jack rhythms with psychy electronic noise, all 3 cuts speak to the wild nature of a post-wall Berlin, when ravers from East and West were occupying the large tracts of unused land at Berlin’s core to live-in, throw raves, and create art. The A-side’s two 8 minute ‘Mutate’ parts are prime testament to this scuzzy aesthetic and attitude - all loose limbed stomp and wigged-out, hypnotic electronics - while the B-side’s 9 minute 3rd part really conveys this sense of wide-eyed fervour with an epic cyberpunk intro that gives way to a faster, flanged out pelt that sounds like Tuning Circuits meets PWoG (on acid and Garys, in an old soviet tank).
This 12” is so hard up our straße. Massive tip!