Boomkat Product Review:
FatCat's 22nd split 12" collects the technoid regressions of turntable revolutionaries, The Durian Brothers and Ekoplekz's Ensemble Skalectrik. A-side, The Durian Brothers trio deliver three tracks of brilliantly shonky and hypnotic rhythms crafted on prepared 1210s and sequencers. Helmed by Stefan Schwander (Harmonious Thelonious) on delay pedals, former Institut Für Feinmotorik participants, Marc Matter and Florian Meyer create rhythms the Cageian way with all sorts of adaptations to their turntable - from tuned elastic bands attached to the lightbulb and headshell, to scratch patterned CDs and bits of tape - resulting odd, lop-sided grooves with harmonic timbre at times recalling the plugged-in thumb pianos of Congotronics or equally the clenched, concentrated fuzz and rumble of CoH. Their praxis shares much in common with Nick Edwards' Ensemble Skalectrik, who presents four tracks jerry rigged from vinyl samples diffused thru his matrix of FX into a psychoTechnic miasma recalling the dusty refractions of The Caretaker factored by the cryptic kinaesthetic theories planted in Kodwo Eshun's 'More Brilliant Than The Sun'. It's all thoroughly recommended!