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Keule
Bpitch Control

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


August 14, 2006
Ellen Allien's Bpitch Control imprint seems to be drawing the wandering ear increasingly Berlin-wards with its escalating rate of recent activity. Seasoned programmer Paul Kalkbrenner is the latest stalwart to represent the label on the techno/electro map, and the single for "Keule" is his latest offering.

His sound, as is usual with Bpitch Control, is starkly minimal and digresses in very minimal steps. His beats are left dry and unprocessed, but retain a hypnotic tone, which often dissolves as light melodies drift in and out of play. The monotony of his tracks builds tension, which he has a knack for resolving in the right places with good timing.

"Keule" is a slightly shadowy number, building slightly from the start but maintaining a minimalist edge throughout. What it lacks in surprise it supplements in aptitude. "Atzepeng" conjures a more light-hearted feeling, particularly once the synths kick in and ride comfortably over the bass and systemized clicks. "Freund Blase" is the most immediately active of Kalkbrenner's tracks, although as time passes it reveals itself as the least remarkable. It lacks the subtle charm of the other two tracks and falls into the usual grooves with very little development from the onset.

Kalkbrenner (which means "lime burner" in German) has done his repute no harm with Keule, but less-than-die-hard fans of the genre will doubtlessly seek either more invention or catchier hooks before being well and truly won over.

Reviewed by Mike Wright
A staff writer based in London, England, Mike Wright is eternally troubled by the American bastardization of the English language.

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