Boomkat Product Review:
We really can't get enough of Stephan Laubner's STL project so you can probably already guess that we're well into this latest set. Laubner's headstrong devotion to the artform of hardware manipulation in the skool of house is genuinely affecting, as he manages to eak out more corners of abstract melodics and retro-futuristic rhythmic primalism with a character only matched by the likes of Jamal Moss or old skool devotees like Patrice Scott. Tracks like 'All Night Long' single out the solipsistic qualities of a sick groove to lock yourself into, Laubner simply jacks on it with virtuoso synthlines beamed in from a galaxy where Ron Hardy and Larry Heard run a 24/7 club. Tracks like 'Midnight Reflections' or Hidden Dope' sound like spectral recordings captured from the nooks of the original Music Box, trapped in musty corners and vibrating away to a ghostly hum, until STL comes along and channels them onto the platter. The second disc delves deeper still into this brand of esoteric sehnsucht, hunting in murkier territories with an even more abtract attitude and reuslitng in the 15 minute masterpiece '2 Deep', a hypnotic and succulently tripped jacker which we wouldn't really recommend dropping in a club but home listening is positively encouraged! With a wider return to the principles and sound of older school house styles in the music world, the raw aestethic and methods of STL couldn't be any more pertinent, meaning fans of everyone from Lil' Louis to Jus Ed or the Funky styles of Geeneus will absolutely love this. Very highly recommended.