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Album Review

Chaining Thomas Köner's abstract ambience to grubby, cavernous beats, this collection (including several early singles) could be the best release in the entire Basic Channel canon. What begins on "Port Gentil" as a rough train-track rhythm rumbles to a stop on "Biokinetics 2" as dub-delay effects creep in and out of the mix. Though the metal-box packaging can be frustrating (and dangerous to the health of the CD inside), Biokinetics is a stunning summation of the Basic Channel aesthetic. [The Type label's 2012 reissue features new artwork with harmless packaging.]


Formed: 1994 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Named for a character on the '60s TV show Flipper, Porter Ricks specialize in subaquatic dub techno, providing the closest touchstone to the static hum and fuzzy beatwork of their quasi labelmates Basic Channel. A collaboration between ambient maestro Thomas Köner and beatmeister Andy Mellwig, the duo debuted with three 12" releases on the Basic Channel sublabel Chain Reaction during 1995-1996. Filtering out any of the harder effects from Detroit techno and Plastikman material with what sounded like...
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