Jul 032009


Passed by at the FUSION FESTIVAL last week. You know, generally it takes some days to gather your thoughts after an exhausting experience such as this… many new impressions, new musical and personal acquaintances… let me start by saying, that this was probably the best festival I have ever been to.

Germans know how to organize. Excellent, cheap, all vegetarian food. Logistics that makes sure you can walk anywhere on the festival area in a few minutes – and art exhbitions, food stands, bars and light shows between the stages and DJ floors that make sure you are never bored when moving around. Free toilets everywhere. (If you wanna flush down your shit and wash your hands with soap, you can do that for half a Euro… which felt like a sweet deal in the dirt and sweat of the festival.) Free showers (OK, in the morning and around noon, the line was almost an hour long… but times flies when you are waiting in the sun with the grass and the trees around you… and you are talking to nice people who also enjoy the Basic Channel-techno heard from the nearby dancefloor).

The whole thing was like clockwork. But the thing I found most enjoyable about the whole deal was that the crass commercial spirit, haunting festivals all over the world, had been successfully supressed here. You can take your own drinks when you see the music. No company logos. You can take all the drugs you want to, as long you’re not an asshole about it. No fights. Very few hipsters with too much attitude. In general a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. And the whole four day festival costs only 55 euros, which, as an example, is about a fourth of the Roskilde festival.

Before going I was familiar with less than a handful of the names in the program. That did not matter, though. Walking around I could hear electronic music all around me at all hours of the day, most of it quality stuff. It is the place for you to discover new names.

The Argentinian Hijo de La Cumbia was very nice, taking a hardcore, junglist approach to Cumbia (a genre that is, as I understand it, to Peru, Bolivia and Northern Argentina what reggae is to Jamaica).

Extrawelt gave us some tight, analog techno that sounded very different (much better, fatter) than what I found with them on youtube. One of the highlights of the festival.


Marc Houle showed class, masterfully serving us hard after banging hard techno track in the very early morning.

Best of all, as well as an old favorite of us here at Brytburken, was the German dub techno wizard Marko Fürstenberg. He showed the way to a minimal future with a set finely balanced between rich dub bunker pads and sharp, edgy, digital techno rhytmhs. It was well worth to ascend to consciousness at 11 AM to see that. That he played on the outdoor floor pictured below did not make things worse.


Mar 172009

Went to see White Heat at the local cinema club; well-made, tense gangster classic (if you just adjust to the slower pace, typical of forties cinema). Top of the world, ma’!


On the way home Christian Blochs Detrayed was once again found in my headphones. I realized that he’s my favourite techno-producer of these years (together with Marko Fürstenberg and Dub Taylor I suppose); innovative, with hard, precise programming and deep ambients that suceed in side-stepping all the typical tricks of the genre.

New Age (his Thinner release) and Detrayed and Touched (which I got here) are all wonderful, and now I see that he has much more music to listen into at his official site.

Oct 212007

I sin verksamhet skänker Thinner människovärlden åtskillig elektronisk svalka och porös minimalism. De esoteriska ljudlandskap och lyssningsvägar som har uppdagats av IDM- och ambient-avdelningarnas främsta begåvningar sätts här samman med dub-, electro- och house-genrernas brukskvalitéer. Thinner representerar det bästa från två världar.

En presentation av de släpp som vi här på Runkbåset ständigt återkommer till känns ofrånkomlig.

Rktic – Northern Lights. Perfekt avvägda minimala saker i 15- och 20-minuterslåtar? Ja tack.

Dolby – Dub Expo EP är perfekt dubbig, atmosfärisk minimalism.

Nulleins – Freeway EP samsas fint mellan solsken, pumpande house-techno och Jean Michel Jarre-äventyr.

Marko Fürstenberg – Gesamtlaufzeit LP är en perfekt sammanhållen platta med många dynamamiska och atmosfäriska spår att gå in i. Oakland. The Berlin Wall. Kort, en klassiker.

Holger Flinsch – The Watcher And The Tower EP. Första låten Navigator exemplifierar perfekt den svalkande brisen vi behöver under dub-resandet. Endast Tim Hecker har gjort nåt likvärdigt i genren bruten radiostörning och öpnna landskap. I Timewind förflyttar vi oss över svindlande urbana landskap och tät industri, vi är inte längre i Karibien utan femtio meter över marken i Väst- och östeuropa, och vi ser Paris förorter, Amsterdams dammbyggen, Fabrikerna i Rühr-området, Tjernobyl, hamnarna vid Östersjön. Moonfloat är nåt helt annat; exemplarisk ambient minimalism för spårvagnen, tunnelbanan eller chill out-avdelningen. The Information är mer kvadratisk, men ändå en vacker åktur i maskinen.

Benfay – One Touch Button Music LP har en del exemplariska twists and turns.

Holger Flinsch – Discovery EP. Första spåret är en svepande skogsutflykt med Jean Michel Jarre-influenser, och därefter går man över i ömsom sträng och ömsom förlåtande nytechno.

Ben Businovski – Simulacraic Wonderland. “According to Ben, the album tells a story – ‘something of a futuristic, cyber-punk, film-noir anime film.’ The tracks were written prior to his move to South Korea (where he presently resides) while at student at the University in Australia. Time spent watching Hong Kong action movies and Japanese animation inspired the quixotic idea of an Asian megalopolis.”

Sensual Physics – The Thin Girl. Mästerlig, chilled-out klubbmusik.

Benfay – Born On A Houseboat. Benfays senaste är något av det bästa som kan höras i genren.

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