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Boomkat Product Review:
Kosmische dub, faded soundscapes and sublime, haunted acid? Don't mind if we do.
'Spume & Recollection' is Berlin duo Driftmachine's sixth album, and fleshes out the pitch-perfect cosmic experimentation of their previous run of full-lengths with journeys into dilated bass musick and knackered modular techno. It's evocative stuff from beginning to end; Andreas Gerth and Florian Zimmer prefer to work in long-form, allowing their hardware jams to evolve slowly over ten minutes rather than chop them off before they've had a chance to breathe. The two producers are concerned with the small details rather than flashy tricks - there's a feeling that the music sits out of time, sounding like Rhythm & Sound, Deuter, Cluster and early Plastikman (particularly the sinister "Consumed") all at once.
'The Surge At The End Of The Mind' is an early high point, reminding fondly of Andreas Tilliander's TM404 project with squelching, acidic bass and brittle percussion that swirls in lysergic spirals, leaving empty holes where a kick drum might live. And when the album reaches its peak on closing track 'Soon I Will Disappear', mournful shortwave pads beam suggestively from undiscovered lands, decorating a shuffling inverted dubtekno beat that sounds like Deepchord at their druggiest. Wow and flutter.