Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Porter Ricks - Biokinetics (Basic Channel, 1996)

Type Records just celebrated their 100th release with the reissue of this 1996 classic from Basic Channel. It was the first of the Chain Reaction imprints, in which the label birthed a subgenre of deeper, buried techno sounds.

Contrary to what you might think, Porter Ricks is not the warden from the tv show Flipper. Its actually multimedia artist and dark ambient pioneer Thomas Koner along with mastering engineer Andy Mellwig (Mille Plateaux, Klang Electronik). Together they produced an atmospheric style of techno, often with an underwater aesthetic that’s exemplified by song names like “Port Of Call” or “Nautical Dub (Tidal Mix).” Biokinetics simultaneously plunges us thousands of fathoms under the sea and light years into space. Womb-like pulses are dark and buried but always dance-floor friendly. A notable characteristic of much of the music is that even when certain more experimental tracks deconstruct the four on the floor aesthetic, they still have a film score affectation.

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