Boomkat Product Review:
Timely reissue of Max Tundra's insightful 2000 pop-inverting debut album; it basically pre-empts most of the genre-agnostic electronic music we're spoon fed daily right now, from PC Music to Elvin Brandhi.
While Ben Jacobs has experienced a much-deserved resurgence of popularity - or at the very least recognition - in recent years, collaborating with Arca and A.G Cook and producing an album for pop also-rans Daphne & Celeste, he has always been ahead of his time. When "Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be" appeared in 2000 it was well reviewed but quickly got swallowed up by the prevailing trends for more easily digestible music- Jacobs' mischievous hack-up of demonic video-game music, crap jazz, throwaway pop and high-minded experimental froth was just too future for most listeners. Fast forward a couple of decades and it sounds almost prophetic, still crackpot brilliant as it was back then but looped into a scene that includes everything from GHE20G0TH1K to Hakuna Kulala.
Jacobs' most brilliant moments come when he uses elements that consciously root the music in 2000s culture, like on 'Lausanne' where he bends cellphone interference to a rhythmic loop, flossing it with twitchy steel drums and brittle digital synths. On 'Bill Sholem Quintette' he chops fusty lo-fi field recordings into cheapo keyboard demo jazz, sounding like he's about to launch into a Squarepusher track but cartoonishly freezing the mood in hold-tone limbo. 'The Balaton' meanwhile pushes the tempo into the upper BPMs, using crap chiptune bleeps to mimic hard techno's relentless grind, but doing way too much on the melodic end for it to work functionally.