back in stock as of
april 17th, 2013
first in stock on
february 14th, 2012
|type (uk) #type 100 cd|
porter ricks “biokinetics” compact disc
- port gentil (12:26)
- nautical dub (5:49)
- biokinetics 1 (5:20)
- biokinetics 2 (8:30)
- port of call (9:12)
- port of nuba (8:05)
- nautical nuba (8:56)
- nautical zone (12:06)
|january 2012 release ; ... couldn’t pass up this one, a reissue of the cd-issue of the chain reaction #cr-03 (“port of transition b/w port of call”), #cr-09 (“port of nuba b/w nautical nuba”), & #cr-14 (“nautical dub (tidal mix) b/w port gentil”) 12”s ... sandwiched together in 1996 in re-worked form, along with a few exclusive tracks into an impenetrable metal-box that stands as one of the iconic mid-90’s statements of “outsider” techno ...|
... largely informed by the same gaseous voids that thomas köner had been creating on his own over the prior half-decade (see :: “nunatak gongamur”, “teimo”, “permafrost”) the music here simply adds andy mellwig’s pervasive thump-tick & wobbly poly-rhythmic sensibilities (listen to the sound-sample for a great example of both of these things in action) ...
... at the time, this music sounded like time itself melting across a frozen arctic plain ; hasn’t lost an iota of its charm ... this new issue couldn’t have come at a better time, esp. as the current zeitgeist leads directly to its doorstep ...
“biokinetics” by porter ricks
the holy grail of dub techno from thomas koner and andy mellwig.
techno isn’t a genre that has birthed many consistent albums, and the dub techno subgenre even less so, but one indisputable classic is porter ricks’ debut ‘biokinetics’. originally issued on the legendary basic channel sub-label chain reaction in 1996 following a trio of 12”s, ‘biokinetics’ was the first of the label’s album releases, and still stands as its crowning achievement. the duo was made up of dark ambient pioneer thomas köner and sound engineer andy mellwig, and between them they re-framed the techno sound, imbuing the spacious ambience pioneered by label bosses mark ernestus and moritz von oswald with a frosty, isolated experimental bent, and combining it with the sort of haunted minimalism of early plastikman.
what separated ‘biokinetics’ from other albums at the time was its unwavering narrative – the exact sound has been interpreted countless times since, but the immersive qualities of this singular record have rarely been touched. maybe it is down to the silvery underwater concept that ties each track together – the bubbling pads, sub-aquatic basses and muffled kick drums. but as with any great album, it’s hard to exactly put your finger on what makes it a classic. simply put ‘biokinetics’ is one of the most important records in the genre, and it’s pleasure for us to make it available to the world once more.