A Guy Called Gerald - Tronic Jazz: The Berlin Sessions

Gerald explores roots and makes his masterpiece

Techno constantly gets pulled
about, rebranded and, right now,
stripped to its bare circuits in the
name of minimalism. The Detroit
originators mated Kraftwerk with
P-Funk to make a new strain of
electronic dance music,
channelling their emotions and
futuristic visions through
analogue machines, inspiring
like-minded producers to chart
their individual sonic trajectories.

Manchester’s A Guy Called
Gerald has been exploring the
infinite possibilities of pure
machine music since napalming
the Haçienda with Voodoo Ray
in 1988, forging drum’n’bass
templates in the 90s and
returning to analogue techno
roots with 2006’s Proto Acid:
The Berlin Sessions. Since then
he’s popped up on Berlin
underground labels such as
Perlon, but now returns to
Laboratory Instinct for his most
consummate work to date.

Through 13 often
breathtaking excursions which
beautifully expand and
embroider the classic techno
blueprint, Gerald plunges his
creative soul into the machines,
often finding the perfect beat
while recalling the simple beauty
of early Chicago house in the
swirling People Moover,
shimmering deep house on Just
Soul and uncurling Detroit-style cloudbursts over Iland’s resonant
shuffle. There’s even a luxurious
new treatment of old muckers
808 State’s Pacific State
(retitled Pacific Samba): a cool
nod to Manchester roots and
just one highlight of this
decade’s first major electronic
milestone.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Laboratory Instinct | LI 017 CD

Reviewed by Kris Needs
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