Boomkat Product Review:
Kelela producer, mattress afficionado and Enya fanatic Florian T M Zeisig makes his Stroom debut with 'Planet Inc', a cosmic ode to the cult '90s German TV show 'Space Night'. An afters gem, it mutates vaporous dub techno into undulating, glutinous ambience - one for fans of West Mineral, Jan Jelinek, 3XL and early Space Afrika, for sure.
Back in the early '90s, German TV channel Bayerischer Rundfunk replaced the nighttime test cards - the holding screens that were displayed when there was no programming - with 'Space Night', a regular broadcast that set interstellar footage from the German satellite ASTRO-SPAS to woozy downtempo music. Obviously, the show became a cult smash, especially with bleary-eyed ravers, and inevitably 'Space Night' even made it to the club itself, with slowed-down broadcasts used as visuals at Frankfurt's Club XS. Zeisig memorialises this era on 'Planet Inc' - he began to re-watch the show during late night recording sessions, and his treatment is suitably horizontal, a clouded haze of dubbed-out technoid pulses and hypnotic oscillations that's more concerned with what happens after the club than with the dancefloor itself.
After the billowing opener '85805' (that reminds us of B12, or even better - the intro to Snoop Dogg's timeless 'Sensual Eruption'), Zeisig introduces a more pronounced rhythm on 'TG10' curving indistinct vocal snippets around rattling, endlessly echoing snares. It's nothing we haven't heard before, but Zeisig brings along a level of warmth that's hard to ignore, using a well-worn palette to paint in melancholy, contemporary strokes, with occasional silhouettes of Deepchord's enduring 'Echospace' sessions on the low 'n slow '9P', recalling the vapors of Global Communication's 'Lapis' as 'Matrix Perseids' sizzles into near-euphoria.
There are also nods to vintage new age music and Fourth World gear; 'Matrix Perdeids' features a lopsided woodblock rhythm that knocks against mossy ground, and 'Wave Guide' is a propulsive fusion of DJ Python-esque deep grooves and glassy FM chimes. There's even something for the ASMR crew with 'Angel Désirée', couching its throbbing pads with alien, insectoid growls and waterlogged scrapes that ping-pong between the digital and physical realm.
Highly evocative gear, set up the projector for the full experience.