Review: Already responsible for EPs this year on Semantica and Figure Jams, Albert Van Abbe now makes his debut on the long-established Echocord Colour. Klangbilder is more streamlined and direct than some of the Dutch producer's earlier material.The first "Klangbilder" revolves around tough, rolling drums, steely percussion and eerie synth lines that insinuate their way through the percussive arrangement. On the second instalment, a nagging analogue sound prevails thanks to Van Abbe's use of shuffling drums, rough tones and bleep sequences. "Klangbilder 3" is more reflective and slower, as he paints an atmospheric picture, while the fourth and final iteration continues to explore this mood with a wonderfully expansive sound scape.
Review: It's hard not to admire Dutch producer Albert Van Abbe's approach. With no fuss or hype, he started No Comment, releasing defiantly underground music that makes nods to Detroit electro and techno and European minimalism. Van Abbe's unusual sound, which sits somewhere between these styles, has attracted remixers like Conforce, Sleeparchive - from whose music he derives inspiration - and most impressively, Convextion and Heinrich Mueller aka Gerald Donald. The former Drexciya member is in fine form on this split release; working under his Der Zyklus guise, his "Von Neumann Replicator" offers up a spellbinding combination of steely 808s and surging bass with eerie, mystical synths. Van Abbe's "Von Neumann Machine" is impressive too, with brittle drums and a buzzing bass making way to reflective, tonal bleeps. The Dutch producer's second take on "Von Neumann Machine" sees him focus on a more visceral approach as a squelchy bass and rave riffs play out over skeletal percussion.
Review: First surfacing in 2011 with the "synaesthetic media" platform of his No Comment series, Dutchman Albert Van Abbe has become one of the more consistently engaging producers from the Lowlands, offering an approach that sits somewhere between Drexciyan wave and Raster-Noton bleep. This was perhaps best demonstrated on last year's debut LP Patch For Series Active Mutations Of Self-reproducing Networks and after being invited to release on the Curle label earlier this year, Van Abbe is back with the eighth no Comment release. Both "Rytumtraks 0002.2" and "Rytumtraks 0020.2" find Van Abbe in brutally deep form, coming off dustier than any of the previous No Comment transmissions and there's a killer contribution from Rudolf Klorzeiger, seemingly coaxed out of hiding to transform "Rytumtraks 0002" into a superb slab of rigid electro.
Albert Van Abbe - "Bloodhoney Triggerbee" - (7:13) 130 BPM
Perel - "Karlsson" - (7:01) 123 BPM
Jor-El - "Human Matrix" - (7:35) 128 BPM
Karima F - "Flaccid House" - (5:39) 126 BPM
GOTT - "En Blick Ufs Matterhorn" - (6:17) 120 BPM
Break SL - "Bye Bye 627" - (6:05) 122 BPM
Qnete - "In Transit" - (6:06) 125 BPM
Review: As the pleasingly matter-or-fact title makes clear, this compilation gathers together 15 of the standout tracks released by Dresden label Uncanny Valley in 2019. As you'd expect, it offers a tastily off-kilter collection of cuts that variously mix and match elements of deep house, cheery nu-disco, dub disco, acid-fired early morning anthems, saucer-eyed hardcore rave revivalism, superior tech-house and throbbing electro-disco, with the contributions from Credit OO, Jules Etienne, Perel, The Golden Filter, Jor-El and Break SL standing out. That said, all 15 tracks are superb and firmly focused on the dancefloor. In a word: essential.