Kompakt has been running its Speicher series for over a decade now, allowing a whole host of electronic artists a platform to release records that might otherwise have not seen the light of day. The 72nd edition is a split release, pairing a seasoned veteran, Ostgut Ton head honcho Nick Höppner, with an emerging talent, Brian D’Souza a.k.a Auntie Flo, a producer with only a handful of releases under his belt but who’s debut EP ‘Goan Highlife’ won him a legion of admirers from Gilles Peterson to Ricardo Villalobos.
The lead track is Höppner’s ‘Ipso Facto’ and is on the murkier side of Techno. The sound is raw and stripped back with little decoration, gently ebbing and flowing with industrial tones and a sonar pulse.
Shaped by a myriad of sounds from Bamako to Chicago, Auntie Flo’s ‘Sun Ritual’ is a gem. The beautifully building rhythmic percussion is an ode to Africa, interlaced by a kaleidoscope of electronic noises and feedback. The producer creates beats that are hypnotic in their ability to catapult the listener to a far away and exotic land.
Two tracks, by two very different producers, should not work together. Höppner plunges you into the darkness, while D’Souza is reaching for the light. However, their steady progressive rhythm binds them and gives both producers’ a platform for free creative license, carefully selecting the electronic sounds and shapes that add colour to their music.