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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Scannerfunk is apparently a variation on Scanner, which is the standard operating moniker of Robin Rimbaud. Mister Rimbaud is, according to this album's resume, quite an accomplished voyeur in the world of music operating in the purely electronic medium. While the press materials fluttering about the release of this album and the subsequent media interpretations of Wave of Light on Wave of Light all point a finger toward the term "unconventional" I fail to see or hear anything resembling a groundbreaking phenomenon on this album. After the awkward opening of "I Am Calm" this album sets itself into a comfortable groove that never stops. The ambience and the ambiance are luxuriously received, carefully processed and mulled over and now dutifully reported on. All points are enjoyable, but very few could be called unconventional, at least in my experience.

I spent a large portion of my youth in a cultural exile from my farm-town academic compatriots. While they spent their summers in little leagues of baseball and soccer I spent mine in the antique setting of my grandparents' central German home. In time I met various kids my age who have stayed on as my friends and they, along with the majority of passing acquaintances, were wrapped up tight in the blips and beats of electronic music. My Minor Threat and, later, Faith No More and Living Colour records were as unfashionable there as they were in my stateside hometown. The German kids were into electronica. They always were and they still are. Their music, like their lives, was far richer than what I generally occupied myself with. They were smarter, better looking, more educated and it was all reflected in their music. My friends in Hessenland turned me on to a variety of alternative sounds, many of which shared the themes of orchestration, desolation and the marriage of dance/transition that Rimbaud presents in a fashion of generalized vagueness over this ten course album. A lot of ground is covered and it is, as I said, enjoyable, but it this isn't the first time I've heard tracks like these.

Scannerfunk stands apart from much of contemporary UK/US outfits more for delivery than for content. Clarification: there are people out there doing this, doing that, but they aren't doing this and that, and certainly not in such a tasteful way. The transitions from sweeping tracks like "Cosy Veneer" to the more urgent, extremely danceable "Automatic" are both readily apparent and seamless. The tracks are disparaging but cohesive within the greater body of work. Rimbaud does experiment a bit more in this one sitting than most do, but that could just as easily be a result of time and subsequently changing stylistic influences as to a broad vision.

But when you're on the dance floor or in your flat - when it really matters - isn't that beside the point? If it moves you, if it moves your feet and your ass and your head and your brain in an engaging manner - isn't that the point? Yes, I believe it is. And yes, Scannerfunk does.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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