From s.f.w.d. Sent Mon, Apr 6th 1998, 17:05
------- Forwarded Message Follows ------- [re]views new kreidler, rephlex, ninja tune 12"s quick [re]-views kreidler - au-pair 12 " [kiFF SM] kreidler, who feature to rococo rot's stefan schnider amongst their ranks, combine the digital sleekness of YMO with loose instinctive grooves of can or soft machine, sounds good on paper, however lead track 'au-pair' is linear, predictable and mechanically stiff, sounds like a tortoise demo with not enough instinctive push & pull interplay between the musicians, flip over, 'gain', 45 i presume, emits short bursts of randomized jap-crypto-funk during which various oriental counterpoints combat for pole position, 'automatic tunnel' on the other hand could have been composed on automatic pilot, plodding porter ricks style minimalism probably meant to be mesmeric but doesn't quite pull it off chaos ad - remixes 12" [rephlex] da pusher returns with this schizophrenic 4 tracker, a-side 'psultan' is a lengthy workout which doesn't stray too far from the 'feed me weird things' formula, i.e. cheesy break beats, pulverizing bass and sledgehammer dynamics. 3 mixes on the flip are apparently the work of tom's brother, andy, [??] and fit nicely into the 'so-bad'it's good' category, check tom's crot 12" or universal indicator series for reference points. lo-fi, psychotic 303 workouts with and extraneous shrieking and moronic rhythms various - funkungfusion sampler 12" [ninja tune] precursor for ninja cuts 3 compilation due out on 27th april. featured on this 12" are amon tobin, clifford gilberto, herbaliser and the pairing of money mark & kid koala. both tobin & herbaliser's cuts are rampant hip hop abstractions that groove but unfortunately just do not MOVE!. clifford gilberto [who he?] humps effectively with DA be-bop funk whilst kid K & M mark provide the standout cut, laconic so-loose-it-could-fall-apart-at-any-minute opium shuffle with a typewriter chattering in the background, maybe burroughs hard at work in tangiers? sm -- firstname.lastname@example.org Hail The New Puritan!! Righteous Maelstrom!!