Boomkat Product Review:
In case you don’t know, the Atari ST-wielding AB2088 is one of Manchester’s best kept electro secrets. Following a spate of long-awaited releases for Natural Sciences and CPU/Computer Club in 2017, he’s now coined the Liquidators label to release his own gear, starting with this, the wicked Union tape.
A result of stubborn production process requiring lots of roll-up cig’s and 12 hour concentration spans, Union is built from the atom up on a cranky AF Atari ST that’s done the rounds from North East England to Manchester over the last 30 years. Basically, working with this machine is very unlike working with modern DAWs, requiring a lot of patience and tenacity to get anything worthwhile from its antiquated chips and buttons.
But, that approach has properly paid off here, as AB2088 seems to increasingly pack ever more detail into his work, and with a distinctly un-Ableton-sounding quality that’s always a pleasure to hear. Best of all, it sounds like AB2088, as he really comes into his own on the super tight electro budge of Neurom, and with a deadly funk intricacy on Union, while Filtrad sounds like Cylob doing UK broken beat, and it’s hard not to buss a daft grin at the cartoonish funk of Mkvchains. Oh yeh, check those percolated Linn cracks on Union (Remix), too. It’s all mint.