Monday, 1 August 2011

Andy Stott - Passed Me By (UK, 2011)


1 Signature; 2 New Ground; 3 North or South; 4 Intermittent; 5 Dark Details; 6 Execution; 7 Passed Me By

5 comments:

Joshualine said...

interesting release, written about here:
http://asthoughtheshamewouldoutlivehim.blogspot.com/2011/06/hauntological-house-from-sturm-to-stott.html

jɔt said...

Up until reading that article, I was absolutely unaware of Wolfgang Voigt having a brother involved in composition as well. My ears are in pleasant anticipation of the two Sturm releases now, so thanks a lot for the heads-up!

Joshualine said...

Wolfgang's bro Reinhard also has a new track on Kompakt's Total 12, not a bad one either. He's worth seeing live, if you like mindless techno pummel with ironic self-aware tongue in cheek.

Curious to know what you think of Sturm - original and terribly underrated I feel.

jɔta said...

The self-titled LP definitely yielded some enjoyment. Alas, I lack the technical vocabulary and knowledge as to how digital sounds are actually created/processed and hence can't really describe the particular feature that struck me, but let's just say that the third track received most of my attention. I also sampled some of Sturmgesten, it's less intriguing, but to prevent any further descent into blissful prejudice I'll have to give it some more time. Dub-techno is probably one of the least rewarding genres these days, in that finding something of an even rudimentarily unique quality is quite hard, but I think the Sturm LP might well be closer to the banks of valuable exceptions than the swamp of uninspired goo they border on. Should you have any more recommendations, feel free to drop a comment again! :-D

Joshualine said...

Glad you enjoyed the Sturm, an under-appreciated project. First album is definitely better, the second is VERY reduced though, not heard much less than that on a finished rhythmic album. There was a 12" too that is worth a listen, although nowhere on the web (that I can find).

While there are dub techno comparisons I'd argue that Sturm come more out of the early glitch noise scene of Oval, Alva Noto etc. Fronm what I've read R Voigt, like his brother, used samples to create messed up junk, assembled into music-like structures. I guess that being a techno sort he favoured low end noise and techno structure but otherwise there's not much rhyme or prettiness to the sounds. Check the early Oval recordings if you've not before.