Boomkat Product Review:
Stefan Betke's latest Pole transmission is a pointed double-header of hi-contrast grinding, industrial dub. Betke retains the wobbly, glitch-filled mystery of his earliest material, but pushes firmly into darker territory, reminding of '70s kosmische, '80s industrial and GRM tape music.
'Tanzboden' is an archaic word for the dancefloors that would be assembled outdoors for European harvest celebrations, while 'Rost' is German for rust, so you can probably imagine the mood. Betke operates at his most spectral and mysterious, coaxing out gaseous sibilance and fractured subaquatic chimes in ‘Tanzboden’ that possibly betray a return influence from Bellows, whose records no doubt recall Pole’s groundbreaking early transmissions, whereas ‘Rost’ sees him work with a knackered, stressed drum machine pulse and coruscating chords that sounds like they just slunk out of Andy Stott’s studio after hours.