The Connection Machine ‎– Painless


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
dLCMLP The Connection Machine Painless(CD, Album) Down Low Music dLCMLP US 2004 Sell This Version
dLCMLP The Connection Machine Painless (2xLP, Album, RM) Down Low Music dLCMLP US 2019 Sell This Version
dLCMLP The Connection Machine Painless(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RM, Red) Down Low Music dLCMLP US 2019 Sell This Version


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March 12, 2019
referencing Painless, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RM, Red, dLCMLP

The Connection Machine is Natasja Hagemeier and Jeroen Brandjes. The CD-only original release from 2004 has been re-mastered and features nine tracks for this first-time vinyl version of the album. The Down Low label is a vital US resource for deeply personal electronic music that works both in bedrooms and DJ booths. It's a label that put out celebrated albums and EPs by the likes of Convexion, E.R.P and Dan Curtin, and played a key role during its first lifetime. Ten years after their last release they return with this double 180g vinyl version of the Painless album by The Connection Machine. It is an album made up of material made in the nineties that never saw the light of day and is full of achingly deep moods, dreamy acid house, down tempo electronics, ambient, and Detroit techno, all of which make it a lost classic from the Dutch techno scene. This is a vital reissue that not only re-introduces this forgotten classic to a whole new audience, but also the Down Low Music label itself.


August 5, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Painless, CD, Album, dLCMLP

Painless is some of the most beautiful and deep techno I've ever heard. I guess you could reference IDM or downtempo to describe some of the passages but it's all just techno, right? It's nice to listen to artists who ignore the boundaries of genre and only concern themselves with creating deep, warm music via machines. There are no dancefloor burners or hard grooves here; it's all soft corners, shuffling and skittering rhythms and amorphous shape-shifting synths. This is rumored to have been recorded quite awhile ago for Planet E. I'm not sure if that's the case or not, but this stuff is timeless. Thanks to the label Down Low for bringing this out for all to enjoy. I'm particularly feeling track 4, Chemistry Cosmos. It sounds like it is being transmitted to us from a location many light years away. A beacon-like synth pattern echoes through the whole track and about 3/4 through a rhythmic groove develops that you are guaranteed to lose yourself in. The track is also slightly menacing and that bit of edge serves it well.

A classic release that has not left my cd player since I purchased it. 5 out of 5.