Boomkat Product Review:
Arch Berlin techno interrogator Stefan Goldmann explores polymetric rites of percussion in a smart break with his more gridlocked work, landing somewhere between Monolake, Logos & Felix K or Mark Fell in the process.
Putting experimentalism back into Berlin techno tropes, Goldmann explores more unusual meters (13/17, anyone?) and timbral characteristics of his paradigm in pursuit of a more expressive style of production. The filigree attention to detail of his previous works is not lost, but found displaced into mazier, abstract constructions that, to be fair, may not get one on their toes like a peaktime set, but are bound to elicit more curious reactions from the harder-to-please sound designer types and ravers/DJs looking away from line-dancing tradition.
The seven tracks appear to progressively bind their elements tighter over the course of the album. The 13 over 17 patterns of ‘Nayba’ really jog and tease the muscle memory with command of your finest ligaments and tendons, prepping bodies for the Rian Treanor & Ocen-like impulses followed on ‘Oyotung’ and distilled into sparkling syncopations on ‘Lorino’, while ‘Yukagir’ and the cosmic long of ‘Aypn’ push right out into spectral electro-acoustic abstraction. It begins to come together in subtler, sloshing, West African-style hustle meets dub techno dynamics of ’Tiksi’, and ultimately in the buzzing, grubbing techno urge of ‘Valkumey’.