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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 anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.