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Vertical Ascent - EP

Moritz Von Oswald Trio

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Album Review

Sovereign dub techno producer Moritz von Oswald (Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound) aligns with Max Loderbauer (Sun Electric, nsi.) and Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay, Luomo), two of the most well-regarded figures in electronic music. The three make a slight diversion from the expected, forming a perfectly calibrated machine — one in which European techno subsumes Latin, African, and Jamaican sources — made for improvisation and live performance. Whether immersed in weightless locomotive propulsion or hanging in suspension, these four tracks, modestly titled "Pattern 1," "Pattern 2," "Pattern 3," and "Pattern 4," make for an alternately gliding and hovering massage for the brain. Percussionist Ripatti, trained as a jazz drummer, anchors the pieces with an assortment of ricocheting and clattering handmade instruments — wooden, metallic, even water-filled — that create an oddly soothing tension when matched with von Oswald and Loderbauer's synthesizer sequences, drones, and treatments. A gorgeous, succinct set that can be slotted between Weather Report's 1971 debut and Ricardo Villalobos' Thé au Harem d'Archimède.

Biography

Born: 1962 in Germany

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Prior to becoming one of the leading figures in electronic music in the 1990s, Moritz von Oswald was a Berlin-area percussionist who played in one of the last incarnations of Palais Schaumburg and worked on LPs by Holger Hiller and the Associates. By the end of the decade, he'd made the leap from drummer to producer, working with fellow Palais Schaumburg member Thomas Fehlmann as 3MB, the in-house production team at Berlin's Tresor Records. While involved with Tresor, von Oswald recorded with Detroit...
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