Boomkat Product Review:
Berlin's high lord of the techno-breakbeat presents his hugely anticipated 2x12" pack for Honest Jons, allegedly his final release under the T++ moniker.
For this remarkable project Mr ++ was given access to the label's vaults, selecting a handful of samples from two recordings of the singer and ndingidi-player Ssekinomu, made in East Africa at the end of the 1930s and in the mid-1940s. He deftly weaves snippets of these recordings into his mutating matrix of rhythms, adding a human (albeit acousmatically warped) element to his music that we've never heard before. In a certain sense, it follows a very long tradition of German electronic auteurs looking to Africa for inspiration, from Karlheinz Stockhausen, to Can, to his peers Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, seeking to connect his consciously futurist ambitions with something more primal and subconsciously innate.
The result is a crop of tracks that take the lurching urge of 2-step, techno, dubstep and D'n'B and re-sculpts it into twisting new forms, mutating bare bones kick/snare syncopations into a coded double helix, around which connective tissues of adroit FX and supple sub-bass coalesce into a flexing organism, constructed with undulating and incremental loops of evolution instead of cataclysmic drops or flashy advancement.