Boomkat Product Review:
New reissue of Nuno Canavarro's cult, anomalous classic, Plux Quba (1988) - which was previously reissued as the first release on Jim O'Rourke's Moikai label in 1999 (and again in 2004) - prompting a new generation to fall for its surreal and sublime charms.
Recorded and released in 1988 to very little fanfare, the album was recorded on an Ensoniq Mirage sampling keyboard directly to a Fostex 8-track tape recorder, making use of the sampler’s array of preset samples and using them as instruments in a way that was at the time not only forward thinking but also quite unusual in its execution, informed by Canavarro’s studies at the Institute of Sonology in the Netherlands
Making a virtue of squirrelly electronic skips and clustered tones as integral to the composition, Plux Quba effectively, and uncannily, foreshadowed the aesthetics of classic German electronic records by Oval and Mouse on Mars that would emerge in the years after its release. It's possible to explain away the connection by the fact that Christoph Heeman bought and played the record to a circle of friends in Cologne - including MoM's Jan St. Werner among them - and the rest, one could say, is history.
The sole studio album recorded by Portugal's Canavarro, it remains a deeply enchanting album - the sort of stuff you might expect to hear in a pink-hued æther dream or documented by Smithsonian Folkways on a mission to other dimensions. With hindsight we can now say that if you're into anything from Oval's Systemische to Actress' RIP or AFX's Computer Controlled Instruments, you're probably susceptible to this sorta magic, too.