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Album Review

Originally released on Stewart Walker's own Persona before being picked up for wider distribution via Tresor, Live Extracts delivers what it advertises, amounting to a brief mixed set of the producer's own works. During the past few years, Walker has gained a reputation for dishing out kinetic live sets that vary wildly from his studio-bound releases on Mille Plateaux, Tektite, Matrix, and several other labels. Here, he puts on two clinics at once — how to produce bracing minimal techno that's rigid and fluid at once, and how to mix same. There's a new sound with each passing minute, and it all moves along with stealth force. If techno's dead — as it apparently has been since long before this fellow released his first track — nobody bothered to tell him. Walker's not just keeping it alive. Ever so slightly, he's pushing it into new directions.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Sound sculpture is an overused analogy in music circles, especially techno, but it becomes a fitting term to use for the productions of Stewart Walker. Influenced by the work of Alexander Calder, a sculptor of large outdoor pieces called "stabile" (abstract mobile-like pieces made of sheet metal), Walker composed a set of stark, hypnotic tracks of minimalist techno for his first full-length, released on Mille Plateaux in 1999. Growing up in Atlanta, Walker listened to the Beatles and played guitar...
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