Review: Repetitive, minimal avant-garde electronic music from the underground of Berlin. Ludwig Papenberg and Johannes Vester founded Alu in 1980 after the psychedelic group Sand. The following year, they released the single "Please Wait!". Although Alu came from the Berlin 'Kassettenuntergrund', it was a more brittle sound not too dissimilar from British bands of the time like like Nocturnal Emissions or Cabaret Voltaire. A group shake-up meant the addition of singer Nadja Molt and while internally marked as the second phase of the group. No studio recordings were released and the group appeared only at concerts, documented on two live LPs and in 192 Papenberg left, with Vester and Molt forming Alu III. In the accompanying text of their 1983 release Spiritual Renewal, they wrote: 'Our work lies in, where possible, storing a lot of sounds and rhythmic structures in synthesizers and rhythm machines to be released freely in concert. Texts and singing are also spontaneous inspirations.'
Review: Back in 2014, German electronic legend Dieter Moebius joined forces with chamber music composer Tim Story and Jon "Wobbly" Leidecker on Snowghost Places, an album that explored the space between krautrock, ambient, minimal techno and experimental electronica. Three years on, the trio presents the follow-up, Familiar. It's a fitting title, because the album explores similar sonic territory, albeit in a myriad of different names. Across the course of the album's six tracks, expect to hear blasts of warped and manipulation Can style drums, glitchy and Autechre-esque electronic rhythms, acoustic instrumental samples wrapped around pulsing minimalist techno rhythms, discordant electronic sounds and otherworldly ambient workouts.
Speed Display (Richard Fearless Metal Box mix) (6:31)
Review: R.I.P. Dieter Moebius of Cluster and Harmonia fame, who sadly passed away this week. His spirit and influence will live on and here's a recent example to prove it. Richard Fearless turns in two awesome remixes of "Speed Display" which was originally produced in collaboration with the legendary fellow Krautrockers Conny Plank and Mani Neumeier back in 1983. The main remix injects some adrenaline into the original for some dark, peak time dancefloor action while the "Metal Box Mix" inadvertently sounds quite Detroit in this more mysterious and soulful techno rework.