Clones

by Elektro Guzzi

supported by
Niccolo Brown
Niccolo Brown thumbnail
Niccolo Brown To my eternal shame, despite them plying their trade for over a decade, I hadn't heard of self-styled "techno-tanzband" Elektro Guzzi prior to purchasing "Clones" which I'm expected to believe was created using nothing but bass, guitar and drums and no electronics whatsoever. Maybe that's true but that's of similar plausibility to David Icke's assertion that the Queen Mother, George W Bush and Boxcar Willie were/are shape-shifting alien lizards from planet Shitbastard (it's amazing what a panning your ability to discern what is and isn't true takes following a 3 week mushroom binge with a gang of schizophrenic Peruvian witch doctors). What IS true, is that, however it was produced, "Clones" is one of the finest techno albums you'll hear all year. It's not club music by any means though: the BPMs are almost all on the low side and the sense of tension and dread the tracks exude plus the sinister miasma that seems to cloak the entire album means it's pure headphone fodder that you'll find it very difficult to resist returning to time and again. Ignore the sleeve notes that tell you Elektro Guzzi themselves are clones and all that nonsense about Uruguayan watermelons, this is far too special an album to allow levity to obscure its brilliance. Favorite track: Slowfox.
/
  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Double vinyl album edition.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Clones via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      €15 EUR or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD edition.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Clones via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      €10 EUR or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      €10 EUR  or more

     

1.
05:43
2.
06:43
3.
06:49
4.
05:36
5.
06:44
6.
7.
05:05
8.
05:05
9.
04:17
10.
04:47

about

Literary all the Granny Smith apple trees grown today, from Uruguay to Hokaido, are CLONES from Mrs. Smith’s original tree in Sydney. Bananas, oranges, watermelons, garlic & other fruits of daily delight are routinely replicated without any input of external ideas – i.e., they are cloned. There is no general ethical or aesthetic decision to be formed about CLONES, since you have already imbibed them ever since your first bite. Thus, you are not in a neutral or otherwise preliminary position, but already involved, kneedeep.

It may not be a coincidence that the first mammals, warm-blooded egg-layers and small marsupials, date almost exactly to the period of the first flowers, evolving some 125 million years ago. Quick-thinking, vegetable eating mammals provide a most striking example of cooperation in evolution, as their interest in plant foods led them to become well-fed. A bond has been formed. Seedless plants, like banana and oranges, have made a most remarkable dispersal strategy: season after season, human growers CLONE them. The plants are perpetuated because they taste so good.

And that’s about it. Much has been said about Elektro Guzzi’s aptitude in transcending their instrumental sources towards techno of unlikely beauty, pristine consistency and razor-sharp definition. It tastes good, and thus they have decided to CLONE themselves. Elektro Guzzi plow through their own fertile ground of ideas and sprout structures, textures and gestures into a dizzying array of new offerings. Yet the tunnel vision of the singular point of origin of all tracks makes it smack even more. Because there’s never too much of a great thing.

credits

released September 14, 2016

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Macro Berlin, Germany

Founded in 2007 by Stefan Goldmann and Finn Johannsen.

contact / help

Contact Macro

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns