Boomkat Product Review:
Berghain’s resident IDM/electronica specialist returns with a debut album full of crafty. intricate rhythms and enchantingly melodic synth arrangements for loved up neuromancers.
Following his two LPs with Andy Baumcker, and recent 12” optimised for peaktime, Barker’s solo debut LP ’Utility’ is given a perhaps ironically dry title for an Ostgut Ton release that’s more likely to serve its purposes beyond Berghain’s boom room.
In nine elegantly efficient and melodic pieces Barker’s clinical sound design chops come to the fore in minimal, tactile style, flowing from the lip-smacking trance fluff of ‘Paradise Engineering’ thru Second Woman-like hyper-dub-techno in ‘Posmean’ to pockets of lush ambient dub inversion on ‘Gradients of Bliss’ and ‘Wireheading’, saving a strong closing statement with what sounds like a lush and frivolous Dynamo or Various Artists workout in ‘Die-Hards Of The Darwinian Order.’