March 24, 2006

Arne Michel - Halbzeit

The relatively new Berlin label Lan Muzic hasn’t come across my radar before, but now that it has, it will remain so based on this truly minimal 12” from Thee Engineer. The A-side to the release resembles Sleeparchive in its attentiveness to a small palette of sounds, never reaching far outside of rolling tribalisms (“Truckstop”) or glitches and glides (“Omni”). The strait-laced opening side is flipped on its head, though, by the big-room house and clipped-guitar riffs of “Half Truth” and Alex Smoke’s mix of “Truckstop,” which lets out some of the air of the closeted original.

Lan Muzic / 004
[Todd Burns]