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Andomat3000 & Jan
\"L Delay\" b/w \"Frost\"

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

May 23, 2007
It is common knowledge that electronica is the bastard child of '70s disco and funk, and never is it more clear than in two seven- and eight-and-a-half minute techno jams - A1: "L Delay" and B1: "Frost" - from Andomat3000 & Jan's recent 12-inch (Cadenza 15).

From observations on funk, these two tunes borrow the tight, overtly clean Earth Wind & Fire style horn pops (although here it's almost made dubby with plenty of delay effect) and studio produced peripheral touch - conga and bongo drums, shakers, clanking bells. More obviously relevant to the core of these recordings, disco is tapped for its pulsing, club-stylish dance beats and electronic association through synthesizers and keyboards.

To their credit, both cuts bring more to the table than their influence points (funk and disco) and the general drab techno time eater. The most attractive elements for each cut are their subtle derivations into layering and deconstruction, shadowy while energetic atmosphere, and stutter-step rhythmic production. If DJ/producers Andreas Wiegand and Jan Iwanitz were to throw open the gates on the corral and let all the aural parts - drum samples, horn riffs, synth parts, et al - ride at the same time, the compositions wouldn't sound that overdone, nor would they really sound all that different. Instead, these creators get the most out of gradually heightening the energy/mood with distinct combinations of all the aforementioned instrumental keys. Low moments might be marked by four bars in which the bass drum is muted, or inversely, high points signaled by increasingly subdivided and offbeat high-hat work.

What separated "L Delay" the most for me was its slight skip-step rhythm, best described as that 'go-go-go-stop' feel you get when reluctantly doing the bunny hop at every wedding you attend. Fortunately, Andomat3000 & Jan make this beat something more hip and fun to indulge in, with a solid four-count bass drum pounding in the back of the mix to make it bangable. No, aunts and uncles aren't going to leave their posts next to the dessert buffet when this 12-inch is cut, but the let-loose bridal party will surely kick their shoes off and head for the dance floor.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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