Is it just me, or did I hear a turntablist on [komfort.labor] ? Here's the story: we've got Stefan Betke (=Pole) doing a bunch of remixes. The original tunes have very little relationship with the remixes, unless you choose to look at the submicroscopic level... with one exception: Pole remixes Pole (interesting angle there). Now if you've heard any of Pole's records, you'd likely understand that he has his own way of doing things. There's a lot of dub bump in the bass, there's a constant ruffling and popping on the high end, and there's a resonant central melodic figure. That's the scoop on Pole. Now, taking a step back to the original idea of remixing, one might imagine Pole could do a wicked remixgiven the right opportunity, of course. The powers of the universe combined to allow the compilation by ~scape berlin and the mix by Stefan Bettke, and now we have [komfort.labor]. (He doesn't only sample one disc at a time, of course.)
[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.
Year Released: 2001
| Record Label: WMF Records
| Style: Electronica
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.