of the most serious, artful and abstract end of contemporary electronica, I have listened to each of these records countless times and they continue to reward.
Stewart Walker - Stabiles
essential. the repetition and monotony in a case like this serve a purpose, and as a device is used to amazing effect - resonant sound modules build and collapse in mesmerising processions as the off-kilter yet stoic rhythms become much more interesting and complex than they initially appear.
Plasticman - Concept1 (Thomas Brinkmann remix)
this recording may actually be called "Concept Variation" - whatever the name, it is the entire Plastikman Concept 1 album reconstructed, extended, and dubbed out by Thomas Brinkmann. about as far removed from the dance-floor as you possibly can get and still able to retain the techno label... like mutant machines unpredictably growing and evolving under the influence of some alien code in an underground sci-fi short, this is a mindboggling exploration of complexity.
Pub - Summer.zip
"Summer" by Pub as remixed by Vladislav Delay (2 versions), Arovane, and Nick Rapaccioli - not sounding like the same track at all. the original is a 16 minute lush electronic rainforest, but the other artists take it to different and interesting places... the Rapaccioli version is some serious shit.
Various Artists - Decay Product (Chain Reaction)
classic deep, dubby, subterranean gloomy 4/4 drenched in a thick fog. what some have termed "standing-outside-of-the-club-techno". a unique muffled take on a genre traditionally insistent on super clean production - an ambient echo chamber rich with sonic detritus.