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MATTHEWS, KAFFE - Still a slapper

Format: do-7
Label & Cat.Number: Mixer M7.01
Release Year: 2001
Note: lim. 300 special cover
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €10.00

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KAFFE MATTHEWS ist wieder da mit puren Frequenz-Modulationen und minimalen pulsierendem elektronischem Fuzz, spannend arrangiert erinnert das an Releases aus der material series von Staalplaat... superb !
Kaffe Matthews is well known for her improvisational work with either electronics alone or combined with acoustic instruments. Her use of LiSa, live sampling software, makes her able to work with minimum input. A 30 sec. microphone recording on location should be enough for a whole live-set.... and it is. These two 7"-es contain 4 tracks and are to be heard as a set. Matthews starts with an atmospheric track consisting of not much more
than simple tones, which hardly go above a few simple sine waves... but then again also not. The typical full and pulsating sound she produces makes that these simple tones are part of a wide spectrum of atmospehers, arranged in such a way that she actually doesn't need much more than tones to tell her story. The following 2 tracks ("a" and "slapper") show her talent for making the unsynchronised followable. Both these tracks live on an unstable heartbeat so to say, but nevertheless with a convincing rhythm/groove. Although a short track, "a" has a complete build-up. Repetition of elements over a calm stream of lower tones give this track a subtle drive and atmosphere. "Slapper" crackles furthur in a very energetic way, turn up the volume I suggest. Again this hard to follow beat, but steady enough to give you some sense of a tempo and the accompanying tapping foot. The last track returns to the world of overtones but in a more unsettling way, a good track to leave you behind a bit puzzled but also reassured and to make the circle complete. [press-release]