Boomkat Product Review:
Killer, experimental NDW bullets from early ‘80s Austria, dug out by Neubau’s Heap and dished up on his Wiener Brut sublabel. Do not miss this!!!!!
Best known for appearing on seminal Austrian comp ‘Die Tödliche Dosis’ in 1981, the short-lived A.K.G. or Aktionskunst Gerasdorf aka Athletico Kunst Gerasdorf combine slippery 808 and synth programming by René Radikal with icy cool, louche vox by Melanie Delval in such a classy style that’s a wonder this stiff hasn’t surfaced before.
Working in a puristically efficient manner somewhere between Manuel Göttsching’s Die Dominas project and the stripped down pulses of Monoton or Xaõ Seffcheque from the same region and era, the EP yields some massive highlights in the icy schuffle of ‘Heartbeat’ and its balmier pre-echo ‘Je T’aime’, along with more driving winners in the tension between jabbing 16th note pulses and Melanie’s, spare, yelping vox on ‘Grenzenlos’, while ‘Atombombensichere Discos’ strongly recalls the rhythmic chops of Chris Carter’s ‘Spaces Between’ classic, and ‘Grüne Hölle’ trades in the slinkiest yet grubbiest sleaze.
It’s really not every day that NDW gear of this calibre surfaces outta nowhere. Do not sleep!