Eight Miles High – “Katalog” – [Efa Distribution]
Roman Flugel (AKA Alter Ego and Sensorama) is here as Eight Miles High with this 2002 release. This is a collection of tracks from the mid 90s to the early 2000s. On the whole, this is an album closer to the minimal and IDM side of techno, feeling like the child of Danny Breaks and Arovane. The album starts out with a downtempo track using a drum and bass break, sounding like a deconstructed jungle track. A lot of the tracks could be construed as downtempo, but they all have a very minimal and techno sounding aesthetic. There are a few 4/4 tracks that are more danceable, including the minimal “Im Schatten” and the pure techno track “Ride Em.” I like this album more now that I’ve listened to it a few more times – the ambient and downtempo IDM styled tracks are very well produced, and realizing that most of the tracks are 15+ years old makes this a nice history lesson of how IDM grew up andused to be. I thought that the straightforward techno tracks seemed a bit out of place and not really in tune with the rest of the aesthetic, but it is a collection, after all. A nice, quiet and introspective listen.