Boomkat Product Review:
It can be a royal pain in the arse reviewing Minimal/Tech/House twelves week by week, particularly when you simply dont have the vocabulary to distinguish between one type of clank, bleep or drop and another. The very excellent Kraus Duo (and for that matter the entire Musik Krause family) always take it upon themselves to make the task in hand painfully easy - they don't sound like anybody else, have no intention of sounding like anybody else and have a kind of gifted mix of mental-assylum stylistics and next-level production savvy that most other producers would kill for. This latest four-tracker not only sticks to this agenda, it more or less re-defines it with a collection of pieces that are as spannered and righteous as can be. Opening track "Canopolis", for instance, utilises a blunted motown kickdrum and loops into oblivion to make for a woodblock dancefloor killer that only Smith N Hack would ever dare take on in the funked-up stakes. "Good Man Invasion" is up next and heads somewhere completely different with a stretched double-bassline and a cascade of shimmering Rhodes keys that are as beautiful as the percussion is demented - quite a mix. The most ridiculous entry of all is saved for the flip, "Dance With Me" managing to merge beautifully clipped Basic Channel-style stabs with a disembodied vocal narration that even those beautiful freaks at the Hand on The Plough label would be proud of. Quite a twelve - if you're bored with the run-of-the mill, get on this double fast.