Since the dawn of the 1990s, David "Move D" Moufang has been one of house and techno's most reliable producers. It's no surprise, then, that this double-header - featuring a solo production, and a fresh collaboration with Jonah Sharp under the long-running Reagenz alias - is pretty darn hot. Moufang's "Roll Split" is a deliciously spacey, emotion-rich and enveloping affair that builds to a head-spinning conclusion via waves of undulating Motor City electronics, tactile riffs, surging bass and intergalactic chords. The Reagenz tune, "460 Melrose Place", is similarly cosmic in outlook, with the veteran duo smothering a superb drum machine groove with stretched out chords, pulsating sub bass, glistening, ambient techno style motifs, and shuffling bongo hits.
Given that David 'Move D' Moufang, Jonah Sharp and Juju & Jordash are all famed for their improvised performances, it's little surprise to find that this first four-way collaboration was recorded straight-to-tape during extended jam sessions in Berlin. It's also no surprise to us that it's really rather good. There's an unsurprising fluidity to 17-minute deep space ambient opener "Vital Signs", while hypnotic deep house shuffler "Boneset" has all the hallmarks of an unreleased Moufang/Sharp Reagenz jam. Elsewhere, Steve Hillage style guitars wrap themselves around SH-101 bleeps, modular electronics and bubbly beats on "Ebb & Flow", while "Dr. Leary" successfully doffs a cap to the psychedelic inspirations that underpinned the early '90s intelligent techno movement. In other words, it's a brilliant set of improvised electronic workouts.
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