January 11, 2007


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D Moebius, Nurton
Blue Pole Records, 2006

Like clockwork, every few months a techno flack sends along something thats ridiculously dated, inferring that its extinction somehow makes it paradoxically crucial to the genre. Unfortunately, whether or not Dieter Moebius half-invented techno, others have come along to pick up where he left off, not to infer that hes lost his license to make records, but the idea of being subjected to the instrumental bleats, bleeps, clanks and subsonic crashing tides herein will probably appeal almost exclusively to pasty shut-ins who are really only in it for their collections or idle historical curiosity. Nurton is kraut-ambient tinkering, pointing to robotized Brian Eno here and there, fitting enough being that Enos a past collaborator along with Tangerine Dream and so forth. Might be useful for young Pro Toolers looking to expand their listening experience above and beyond Kraftwerk, but in the end its a big tall glass of what-the-hell from a pioneer whos a bit too aware hes one. C E.W.S.