Boomkat Product Review:
Back in stock. Brilliant remix set from Pole that includes all the tracks from the 12" series plus a whole host of contributions exclusive to this format. The CD opens with the awesome Shackleton remix, his remake of "Achterbahn" making use of all those archetypal Skull Disco signatures - that submerged chord sound, shifting strings and wonky edits of the source material, all underpinned by that uber-warm, ultra deep sub bassline. This is Shackleton at his most contemplative and heavy, the end result sounding more like Pole's own wondrous first eponymous album than anything you could describe as dubstep. Peverelist is up next, burrowing deep into "Winkelstreben" and ending up with a shimmering 4/4 reduction that once again has little to do with any stereotypical templates you could think of - betraying this producer's love of Berlin's classic techno sound and leaping further into the world of developed 4/4 BASS variations in the process. The Mole takes on 'Pferd' and channels the detailed detritus of the original into an airy shuffle complete with fairground melodies and crisp percussion, while Ghislain Poirier creates a bashment mashup that's one half instrumental hip hop and one half bhangra reduction - shocking stuff. Deadbeat dips "Sylvenstein" into his echo chamber and ends up with a percussive beast worthy of his excellent last album "Journeyman's Annual" while Frivolous gives "Achterbahn" a more reflective treatment, revolving around its own squashed bounce but with enough twilight melodies and introspective progressions to keep it interesting. The best remix is saved till last with Mike Huckaby's S Y N T H mix delivering an absolutely devastating dub reduction full of staggered snyths and a deep, cushioned bassdrum, sounding like a halfway point between Pole, Deepchord and Substance. It's absolutely sick stuff and a perfect endpoint for this impressive low-end remix package. Highly Recommended.