sd23 review

| 10/01/2013

After being embarrassingly late on picking up on Unit Moebius, we’re making up for lost time through addiction to their output. The Dutch collective are not only credited as the godfather’s of Hague’s industrial scene but are also described as “Europe’s only true answer to Underground Resistance” – a heavy likening to carry but definitely an apt one. Having been around as Unit Moebius since 1994, when their original recordings were done through a broken cassette recorder, they’ve twisted and pounded techno in every direction since their inception. Most importantly they always seem to bang hard but keep the line and approach unique. Not a lot of acts can turn tracks in unexpected directions the way they do.

In 2007 Unit Moebius Anonymous (also spelled Unit Moebius Annonymus) was birthed as the solo project of UM member Jan Duivenvoorden. The last two plates under this guise have been mind-bendingly good. Perambulator One came to us on Chan’s, and was five tracks on a single plate that varied between pure hecticness to beatless stretched out techno. Dropping as one of the first records of 2012, it’s since become an essential play out plate, perfect for a busy techno set or leftfield electronics but also sounding like nothing else you’re likely to play. Twisted and dark, with no previous knowledge of what to expect, it’s going to be up there with one of our essentials for the year.

A month or so back we were given a follow-up, somewhat more structured and at a more consistent pace, SD23 (just the catalogue number, everything else about it is untitled) is designed more in the play out vein, but again sounds totally different to the rest of the set. Consisting of four tracks cut on two plates there’s never a rush for an idea to finish, or even a reluctance to stop it before it morphs in to the next idea. What could have been the basis for two or three tracks blend together to make the complex elements of one. There’s some incredible creativity within the constraints of floor-orientated techno, no idea where the foresight for the tracks would’ve come from.

Released on SD Records, the mini-LP is still kicking around some stores, and highly recommended picking up on wax as it is noticeably a quality cut. For those digi-inclined you can pick up the whole release for about 4 quid via the SD Records bandcamp page, streamed from and linked below.

Big ups all involved, hopefully the live show will be traveling soon.

copied from awkwardmovements.com

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