What Have we Learned
Released: Apr 2011
Label: Delsin Records
From Amsterdam's Delsin label comes one of the year's finest techno LPs, even for those who think they don't like techno. Lebanon's Rabih Beaini wends his way through a maze of patch cables and obscure machines, yielding an unusually supple, shape-shifting sound. Dark as a shuttered factory, it's illuminated by blinking LEDs and long arcs of pure electricity, while traces of dub, new wave and Krautrock flesh out the panorama. Recorded in two days, it doesn't sound rushed, just spontaneous and alive, with drum patterns and pealing synthesizers evolving as if they had a will of their own.
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