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|04 November 2016||
Monoloc - The Untold Way
We don't often get political here on Aivazovsky Waves so to speak, but this one calls for it, it really does.
The ungodly tendency to put beatless tracks in techno releases continues to get perpetuated. This time the sacrilegious act was committed (produced?) by Germany-based Sascha Borchardt aka Monoloc, and the techno/non-techno ratio in this LP is almost disturbing. That's right, the only tracks that could be tagged as techno are 2, 5, 6, 9, 10 (maybe track 11) - the majority being either completely beatless or downtempo. At this rate, this isn't a techno LP by any stretch, but a techno EP but with another downtempo EP stuffed in between it, or rather vice versa. And we by no means are against leftfield electronics; what we're saying is, perhaps the right way to publish these tracks would be to do a separate release? One EP for techno and one for... whatever you wanna call it? Just so that strictly techno-interested buyers wouldn't feel ripped off once they put release in their players after buying it without pre-listen, based on pure trust invested in label and artist, that the product they purchased is all-techno or techno for the most part.
Again, we don't often refer to other artists inside the reviews that don't pertain to them, and admittedly, it's rather unprofessional (as unprofessional as turning a review into a tangentially-related piece of mind, yes), but whichever producer thinks of doing what Monoloc did with this release, we appeal to you - take a page out of SHXCXCHCXSH('s) book. They generally known as a techno act, and when they felt they wanted to do some really obscure production, so they did so with SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs, and didn't try to sell it as techno by shoehorning couple tracks of techno in the middle of it. Take similar points from Tolkachev - he wanted to produce something completely out of ordinary so he did Grain, and it wasn't tagged as techno LP. Do what they did, or better yet - get a different moniker for each different genre you decide to produce your music in, the way Danny Kreutzfeldt was doing (the amount of respect we've got for him for doing that is ineffable). We believe that these are the right ways and that they should be the common ways of doing things, but unfortunately it generally doesn't even come close to that with techno/leftfield artists, and under the circumstances established on techno scene today, these three examples call for some consideration, because if this tendency prevails, we'll soon have but a pair of techno tracks on most so-called "techno LPs".
So consider that, artists, and we'll consider making an actual review of release next time, instead of giving our readers a 3½ paragraphs, stretched-out opinion piece which could essentially be condensed to one line - "if you're doing techno - do techno." We're actually kind of sorry for not just writing that instead. Hopefully you'll excuse us, folks, for being overly passionate about techno. Clearly more so than Monol... Okay, not going there. End of "review".
Release Type: Album
Release Date: 4 November 2016
Release Format: Digital ● Vinyl
Record Label ● Catalog: Dystopian ● DYSTOPIANLP01