Boomkat Product Review:
Born in Frankfurt on October 3rd 1962 (a date for your diary we're sure you'll agree...), Max Mohr has been promising this debut album for what almost seems as long - with 'Trickmixer's Revenge' finally landing on Playhouse this week. Having taken the tried and tested route of joining a punk band, studying art then slowly being drawn to the electronic sphere, Mohr opens 'Trickmixer's Revenge' with the collateral damage of 'Diamanten' - a track that gives a covert nod to his hardcore days through cranky rhythms and bottle-nosed melodies. Keeping things suitably unpredictable, 'Assonja Swynja' is another slice of leftfield goodness that chucks you a curveball before reeling you back in with its laid-back and relaxed techno line, whilst 'Lucky Go Wild' could be a 1980's sci-fi show dragged from the shoe-string ghetto to epic effect. With an art college education in his back pocket, Max Mohr could readily have sent his debut LP down an experimental avenue which favoured clever-clogs sentiments over minor considerations like listenability - but to his credit there isn't an extraneous moment on 'Trickmaster's Revenge', as the relaxed style and laid-back approach pay dividends throughout. Elsewhere, notable highlights include the club-tooled chord structures of 'Mellowmoon 2', the dub drenched missive 'Schaben', and the solipsistic introspection of album closer 'In The Woods'. Intelligent without having to show off, 'Trickmixer's Revenge' may have been a long time coming - but for those who like to keep things horizontal and caffeinated Max Mohr has offered up an LP of numerous charms. He's tricky!