Boomkat Product Review:
‘R’ is the new album by Berlin-based producer and ~scape founder Stefan Betke aka Pole. Central to the album are "Raum 1" and "Raum 2", two tracks produced in late 1996 and released by the ace Din label in 1998. Around this backbone, this source of inspiration, all other tracks are unreleased re-workings by Burt Friedman, Kit Clayton and Pole, the album also features Betke collaborating with other musicians for the first time. With this new version Betke substantially lightens up "Raum 1" and changes its rhythminto something alltogether fuller. "Raum 2", on the other hand, has been transformed into a dubby, groovy sound collage. Burnt Friedman contrasts the detailed, synthetic sound affairs with jazzy elements and combines abstract electronica with seductive harmonies. Kit Clayton, on the other hand, singles out the groove component, pushes it to the forefront and almost manages to create a secret dancefloor hit. For those of you who found Pole’s last LP ‘3’ returning to territory that had already been pushed to its limits on the two previous full-lengths, ‘R’ succeeds most in re-defining the formula that has now become widely known as the ‘Pole Sound’. Check.