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Album Review

The second Phylyps Trak record in the Basic Channel series of records offers two additional variations on the sound motifs explored on the original and its successive remix. Once again, the Berlin collective take some sharp metallic percussion and assemble an intricate rhythm foundation with little space and plenty of momentum. This forward-moving rhythm then gets amplified with some muted, hollow-sounding bass kicks on the thunderous, up-tempo side and some heavily altered, high-frequency industrial sounds on the minimal side. This second Phylyps Trak record reaches more epic proportions, lasting up to ten minutes on each side. Not quite as inventive or harsh as the first record, but this sequel does take the sound to more minimal extremes, resulting in a sense of dizzying repetition that seems to never end its disorienting loops.


Formed: 1993 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Basic Channel has become synonymous with a brand of stripped-down, ultra-minimal techno almost devoid of musical substance or intent. Both artist and label, Basic Channel was established by Berlin-based producers Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald (aka Maurizio) in 1993, and the pair have unhurriedly developed a slim but adored catalog of releases under such names as Cyrus, Phylyps, q1.1, Quadrant, Octagon, and Radiance -- working a single-minded concept of nearly featureless machine music ("nearly,"...
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