Dub Taylor

“Caves & Cages”

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LabelDirt CrewCat. No.DIRT111
FormatEXCL2LPIOrders fromFri, 04 May 2018
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Vinyl 2*12″ LP Track list: Track list: A1 - Intra A2 - King’s Cave B1 - Helix B2 - In Air B3 - Ghost Button Ft. Haushausen C1 - Future History C2 - Nervana C3 - Last First Time D1 - Transition State CIV D2 - Self-Similarity D3 - R.U.G. Ft. Haushausen Release Info: An artist as versatile as Alex Krüger is a rare find these days, not only did he release numerous EP’s and albums as Tigerskin or Korsakow since the mid 90s, he’s also been on the forefront of the “Dub Techno” movement since 1999 with outings on classic labels such as “Raum…Musik", “Force Tracks” and “3B/ United States of Mars". Now ten years after his last album on “Opossum Recordings” Alex is back with this well crafted genre bending full length “Caves & Cages". From deep techno cuts through rippling ambient excursions to funky reggae infused live jams with Haushausen this work is yet another milestone in the creative bubble Alex lives in (i.e. his studio). A predominantly analogue producer, Alex recorded most sounds for “Caves & Cages” on his modular synths and vintage gear at Organic Domain during 2017 and early 2018. Throughout the album tension ebbs and flows effortlessly via syncopated subs, analogue improvisation, subtle chord stabs and sustained swells interspersed with textured field and home recordings. The ambient opener “Intra” sets the tone for the album. Rich with alien atmospheres, distant soundscapes, out of reach voices and licks of live instruments dug up from numerous recordings dating back as far as 30 years, even before Alex started his electronic journey. The sojourn ventures deeper from there. Subaquatic dub techno is the mood on “King’s Cave", “Helix” and “In Air” only surfacing ever so slightly for moments of clarity where shimmering tops and glistening synth lines shed some light on the steady grooves. The tracks “Future History” and “Transition State CIV” border on deep house territory. A punchy, gruff bass line and shaken percussion on the first adds

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