Boomkat Product Review:
Given that the last release on this label was, for our money, pretty much the best thing to have happened to the whole "dub techno" scene in quite some time, it's with no small amount of relish that we greet the arrival of this incredible second twelve from the mysterious Freund der Familie imprint. Available in a hand-numbered edition of 499 copies and pressed on white vinyl, the material here simply puts to shame so much of what passes for deep Techno these days - with a completely engrossing production style that, while reminding us of Rod Modell's most inspired moments, somehow takes the whole thing to another level. The original version of 'Sark' just oozes brilliance, with a padded kickdrum and submerged percussion flowing in and out of frayed, almost dysfunctional chords and layers of tape hiss. The effect is almost paralysing, you more or less forget that this thing has a beat or any kind of propulsion, so woozy are its surroundings. The flipside offers up a remix from Taron-Trekka, who manages to somehow out-do the original with a complete re-configuration that turns the whole thing into a sparkling, slowed down House variation complete with impossibly nostalgic chord changes and distant bells that you don't expect but which suddenly throw you into a spin. It just has to be, for our money, one of the loveliest things you'll hear this year, completing another absolutely precious release from this wonderful, utterly beguiling label. MIGHTY twelve - Essential Purchase!