Review: With 14 albums and 50 EPs in his catalogue, it's fair to say that Stephan Laubner aka STL is one of the most prolific modern electronic music producers. Despite this considerable output, he also remains one of the most singular artists in that scene. Like many of his releases, Akkretionsscheibe features two locked grooves - "Loop A" and "Loop B" - which will appeal to those who spin dense, repetitive sounds. However, these are mere side notes to the main attraction. "Get Down" and "Inner Horizon" are pared back, lo-fi grooves, minimal in construct but still full of mystique and characterised by Laubner's love of microscopic detail.
Review: The legendary hero of the German underground Stephan Laubner aka STL presents the '50th mind & soul sound installation' from his Lunatik Sound System on Something Records: which has been in operation since 2003. Laubner's deep techno over the years has appeared everywhere from Echocord and Perlon through to Silent Season and Smallville, but this long running moniker is dedicated to his expansive ambient works is best put himself as 'destined for far-out late night rituals and deep laid-back chills.' These haunting and nefarious drones incorporate spacey Radiophonic Workshop like sci-fi elements at times, while others utilise avant-classical elements. The sombre vibe of the album is contrasted by some of the most hilarious track titles, such as "A Man Grooves Always On Peak" or "Sunless Days On Desert Island" which add to its overall allure. We've always known that despite the gripping nature of Laubner's music, he's never really taken himself so seriously. More incredible work from one of modern electronic music's true masters.
Review: German house deviant STL is a wonderful yet mysterious figure, indeed. The man has been producing incredible material for the past fifteen years, the majority of which has come out through his own Something imprint and the mighty Perlon, but he rarely ventures out into the light for a DJ set. We don't blame him. His music speaks volumes about his talent, and there is no need for him to play other people's music on a regular basis if he is as productive as he is. "Star Child" contains that inimitable STL swagger, a glitchy, dubby kind of house flex which is, of course, followed by one of his infamous loops, named "Loop A" here. "Knowledge" is a little bumpier and more uplifting compared to his usual mood, but "A Million Lights" sorts that right out by dropping a lethal dose of Detroit-style badness on us. Don't forget that last "Loop B" to drive your sets that little but closer to insanity.