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    Mannheim Rocket – “Mannheim Rocket” – [3bs Records]

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    The name is taken from a musical term for a “rapid upward
    arpeggio over a large range, combined with a crescendo”
    In this case, it’s also the nom du beats for Australian
    Jon Pizzay (who for bonus credit runs the 3BS label, and
    that’s no BS). Downtempo techno with more subtle colors
    and rhythms, drum machines are sparse and crisp when used,
    the bass lines never really thump out (I guess on “Hora
    Lunga” they hit their peak). “Liberation” slides those kind
    of shaved electronics past your ears but its excellence
    shines in a beaming cathedral drone on a pulsar for a
    couple of minutes to close. Next up, “Hora Lunga” spends
    two minutes warming up an organ rumination before soda-pop
    snares and the bass lines take over, later on some synth
    cross between oboe and erhu weaves in nicely. “Oubliees”
    (the forgotten, possibly a reference to a film about woman
    in Angola?) is a killer track, echoes of “Sleep Archive”,
    an edgy drowsiness, with static bursts, a simple *descending*
    piano line, intercepted transmissions. Halfway through its
    evolving 12 minutes, a taste of aquatic dub. Or is it an
    ethereal one? Very chilled conclusion to “Oubliees”, a
    vanishing for the forgotten? Lastly “Schuon” (a possible
    nod to a philospher/poet/artist, Frithjof) continues in
    the icy isolation vein, piano+strings breathe into block
    waves and then some singing voices trapped beneath the
    sonic floes. Outstanding bleakbeat heightened by
    refractory ambience. Steamier than other Mannheim
    mannerisms.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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