Boomkat Product Review:
If anything is going to get u excited, it's going to be a set of unreleased experiments from Stephan Laubner, the figure behind the peerless STL project. Laubner has produced some of the finest and most essential deep house records of the last few years for labels like Smallville and his own Something imprint. It's for his homegrown label that he unloads this trippy set of ephemeral offcuts and tracks probably deemed too odd for the DJ's or the usual dancefloors, giving him room to manouevre between hiphop, house, ambient and dub structures with his idiosyncratic and stunningly intuitive techniques. There's no way tracks like the 14 minute 'Beats of Spirit' would ever make it onto a vinyl release because they're just not 'floor material, but taken as trippy investigations into loopy groove construction they're utterly engrossing, picking up where Basic Channel left off, while the killer '7 Atemzuege' sounds like one of the cuts from Anthony Shakir's celebrated 'Beat Store' release for Playhouse. To any heads, that should really say a lot! While it may not have the weight of Steven Hitchell's Echospace tracks, the sublime 'Dubscape One' simply beats him at his own game, and the shorter cuts like 'Tiefere Strukturen' are some of the finest bits of German dub ambience we've heard since the Pole albums. We can't stress how good this release is, and any fans of classic German house, dub and techno from Farben to Moritz Von Oswald should be picking up a copy without hesitation!