SpeedyJ* _ George Issakidis ‎– Collabs 400

NovaMute ‎– 12NOMU156
Collabs – 400
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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Recorded in Rotterdam.
Made in the EU.
℗ 2005 Mute Records Limited © 2005 Mute Records Limited.

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  • Barcode: 0724387288164
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 12 NOMU 156 A andreas at schnittstelle MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side AA): 12 NOMU 156 AA andreas at schnittstelle MPO
  • Label Code: LC5834

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November 22, 2008

This is most definitely my favorite in the Collabs series up to now, and it seems that George Issakidis rescued Speedy J from getting permanently tangled in the nasty web of samey techno releases.
Not only is this the most interesting and inspired piece of music Jochem Paap is involved in since his classic "Loudboxer" album, with George Issakidis bringing forth innovative ideas already displayed through his former The Micronauts project, but it's also a curiously different and original sound they forge: side A is techno, sure, but less stomping then let's say Speedy J's tracks with Chris Liebing and Adam Beyer. Nevertheless, Looks Something Like You is just as driving, with a few excellent build ups and melodic segments. A tad more minimal and less in your face than what we're used to hearing from him, but just as intriguing as most of his material from the IDM/Industrial period.
AA, Understand What I'm Saying has both producers pouring out ideas all over the studio equipment. Glitchy, disturbing, with an unpredictable drum pattern and a robotic female vocal - very odd indeed for a Speedy J record, but it only eventually makes it more rewarding. Give this one a try, especially if you're tired of releases easily pinned to a single style or genre.
Jochem & George: more of this please - keep your interest and keep us interested ;-)


February 25, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
The talents of George Issakidis dominate this release, and anyone familiar with his work with The Micronauts wont be at all surprised by the high quality. Its strange that the two comments above fail to acknowledge that this is in fact a collaboration.


November 3, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

Very surprised with this record. It looks like a more danceable and less private modification of "a shocking hobby", and it also reminded me the beloved "ieee mitten menue" record. Interesting, energetic and fresh, unlike recent Speedy J techno-production. But the tracks could be a bit faster and shorter. A side is like massive dirty (or even underground) dancefloor burner. Could be used as a set-starter, and imo, it perfectly fits any vivid and unusual techno set. B side is a bit scary and very hypnotic. Like, something always transforms and breaks. To play at dark!


October 6, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
At last, Speedy J breaks the hard techno pattern he had been using for five years! Still technoïd, but slower and deeper. Maybe as monotonous, yet more hypnotic. The AA side is even less usual, since it is "new-school" breaks with a vocal sample. Nice surprise.