Alka ‎– Deployed

Resopal Schallware ‎– RS001
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1 Initial Signal 3:55
2 Salt Lake 7:29
3 Jr 500 8:08
4 Mifa 4:28
5 Angar 4 8:40
6 Cargo Area C 3:23
7 Uart 7:43
8 Broscam Mangrows 8:07
9 Cargo Area D 5:22
10 Cont-Figure 6:27
11 Parallel Fold 9:24

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(P)+(C) 2002 Resopal Schallware
Made in EEC
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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 18756 32512 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 718756325123
  • Matrix / Runout: RS001CD @@ 01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L032
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1214
  • Other: 20020807 0630 @@ 4

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February 27, 2013

DEPLOYED starts on a quiet, sustained ambient note, but don't let that fool you: Alka has some tricks up its sleeve. "Salt Lake" gets the minimal beats going as the melodic tones hover far above, like clouds, until the beat finally falls away. "Jr 500," on the other hand, starts deeps and stays there, while "Mifa" once again balances the airy with the rhythm. "Uart" brings things back down, like downtime at the factory, and "Broscam Mangrows" extends that mood. (The two "Cargo Area" tracks return to ambience.) And finally, "Cont-Figure" and "Parallel Fold" ends the album on a chilly note, maintain a small bit of energy amongst the near 0 Kelvin temperatures.


May 22, 2003

This is an incredible find. Alka is the unsung hero of minimal techno, or they've just not had enough distribution/exposure since 2002 for this album to 'take off' yet, as the airplane-laden cover may suggest. At any rate, Alka's "Deployed" CD is rich in variety, yet strong in cohesiveness at the same time. For starters, the ambient atmosphere is deep, cold, and aquatic. Percussion-wise, some tight Autechre-like loops or sounds pulse in, but for the most part, it's the numbing techno kick-snare combo that is more prevalent. Acts like Porter Ricks or Fluxion are the closest I would compare in its entirety.

Is Alka original and strong enough to stand on their own? Absolutely. If you can track down this CD, do so! This is one of those albums that could be played from beginning to end in one evening and satisfy your techno cravings. Again, it is minimal, but it is also masterful.