~scape and Stefan Betke: [komfort.labor] (2001)
[komfort.labor] offers a lot of diverse sounds, as well as a few unusual multi-culti explorations here and there. Generally Pole sounds like he's watching his oscilloscope, but here Betke seems to be spending more time monitoring units within a given loop. The most resonant, active feature which distinguishes [komfort.labor] is that the original tunes for the remix force our man into new territory. Down with the stoner dub, flush the high-end noise for some delicate samplage, and buzz through a few evolving loops. Much of the detail actually comes from some altered form of the original tune, surprisingly enough. This record deserves attention from any angle: it's incredibly creative; it's timelessly fluid; and you might even want to get up and dance a little with it. Now that's a new thing for Pole, unless perhaps you've been using psychotropic substances in his presence.
Track Listing: Intro; Vladislav Delay "Siru"; Kit Clayton "The Mimic and the Model #1-B"; Process "SMP-K Option 2"; Maus & Stolle "Taxi"; Farben "Stuck"; Dr. Rockit "Photos and Pebbles"; Cinematic Orchestra "Continuum"; Flanger "Quicksilver Loom"; Low Res "Evanesce"; The Private Lightning Six "Baby FM"; Pole "Rondell 2"; Nils Oekland "Horisont"; Outro.
Personnel: Stefan Betke: remixing.
Record Label: WMF Records