Albert van Abbe - Rytumtraks review
‘Rytumtraks 0002.2’ opens the record and is deep light touch techno at its best. An atmospheric circular movement gradually gives way to beats, bass and body, taking you on a positively icy Antartic journey from then on. It does have a nice analogue warmth to it however and there is a sound like the wind throughout. I’m not sure if the title and versions are a reference to or could be seen as a development from Basic Channels ‘Phylyps Trak’ (1993) but if so it would be worthy company for that classic track.
The Klorzeiger version (0002) opens side 2 with a similar intro but there the similarities end, its more of a remodel or remake perhaps. I don’t think it’s significant production-wise that this is the first time he has used this name since Dopplereffekt in 1999 (can we expect the resurrection of Dr. Finn & Dr. Otto Henke next?) but if you are familiar with the Mueller palette of signature sounds then there will be few surprises here. There is no sample or anything to really latch onto this time round but that doesn't stop it being yet another solid, uptempo and possibly timeless track from him. Suitable for any number of contexts but probably for a fairly dark, even sinister, moment of a DJ’s set. I'd still love a compilation of all these Mueller remix's someday and this would have to be on it.
Next up is the final version by van Abbe, (00020). Conceptually you could see this as a mix of the two versions so far but still very quite unique in itself. While shorter than his previous version this is perhaps the more straightforward, lighter and maybe even more dance floor friendly. Again neither of van Abbes versions have that certain repeated phrase or big moment but they are designed to work in a much more subtle way than that. This time I could discern what sounded something reminiscent to me of water lapping on a beach amongst the electronic audio signals.
The great Rashad Becker mastered and cut the vinyl, as usual every detail is done artfully with No Comment. A record well worth tracking down.
It can be listened to and ordered from this Clone link