3″ CD-R, Electroton, 2010
There’s a new label in town and this is one you should beware of. It’s called Electroton and listening to their most recent releases – which they sent to us in a bundle – they seem to reach out for the audience for whom Raster-Noton is a way of life.
After one pressed CD in 2007 by the German Martin Weiss – who is also the man behind Electroton – there were 4 releases available as download of which 1 was also released as CD-R. This all took place between 2007 and beginning of this year. As these releases weren’t sent in the package we can only listen on the website to the obligatory samples. And you are all invited to do the same.
Early 2010 a decision was made and the next four releases were all released on 3″ CD-R in a clear mini-DVD casing. The artwork is the same for each of the 4 releases: A transparent inlay with only the most needed information. So not only musically it fits the Raster-Noton label, also when it comes to design it’s going in that direction.
Italy is presented in the Electroton catalog through Poratz a.k.a. Patrizio Orsini. This is by far one of Electroton’s most rhythmic 3″s releases and it even carries the title “Beat”. You can hear on his website that Patrizio works in more different styles, so the vocal samples on “Turntable” and “Drumma” aren’t really surprising and the 303 styled bassline on “Tech prove” isn’t either. But they seem to be completely out of place when compared to other releases from this label. Not bad at all, but a little bit normal in comparison to his labelmates.
— Bauke van der Wal