Unknown Artist ‎– Untitled

Vinyl, 12", Yellow


A1 Tschaka Tschaka
A2 Overload
B1 04
B2 Grokbetzon

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): MZE 2451
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): MZE 2452



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June 1, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
Very likely produced during the mid-1990s wave, when every kid and their dog thought a couple of machines were all it took to make a storming record. Certainly a first release, in any case, and perhaps a good thing the artist is not mentioned. Good for them, that is.
Tschaka Tschaka is a long, long, monotonous track that really does not go anywhere. The sounds are few and uninteresting, the mastering is annoying, the evolution is close to non-existent and it is about eight minutes too long to be even remotely standable. Overload is not much better, but, at least, it is shorter. Grokbetzon has much more interesting sounds, yet it does not really evolve much either, which makes it too long as well. All four tracks give the impression that the machines were programmed (one or two patterns each), run, then tweaked in real time, one by one, and recorded as such, which is what leads to the conclusion it was made by neophytes and makes them lack any dynamics. To make things worse, the mastering is disastrous, leaving the drums submerge all the rest at key passages where it would make sense to have a screeching Acid line, keeping hi-hats loud enough to be irritating etc. Fifteen years later, of course, it all sounds a bit dreary.
Yet, 04 makes this worth having. It does suffer from the previously mentioned syndromes, but not to the point it is unlistenable: it is quite dynamic and actually the only track that seems too short. The Acidline pattern is fine and it is unfortunate that it be not developped more, because, when properly exploited, as in the beginning and towards the end of the track, it is simply masterful. Think Kosmik Kommando meets Source meets Mike Henk.