Vladislav Delay: Vantaa (CD, Raster-Noton, November 2011)

This is seriously deconstructed dub techno, picking up (in album terms) where Tummaa left off. (The move from Leaf to Raster-Noton doesn’t appear to have had a massive effect.) Again, the dominant elements are all recognizable genre staples, but the structure is something quite different. This outing feels possibly less meandering. This is most obvious on Lauma, which is positively driving, albeit in a rather ragged way, like the way the blood crashes around your veins when you’re having a panic reaction — but much of the rest of the time there is a rather calmer sense of purpose. (Also, the tracks mostly clock in at 6–8 minutes rather than Tummaa’s 10+.) I think it’s a small but positive step, and it’s good to hear such a prolific artist continue to innovate.

I bought this from Boomkat. They call it Basic Channel / Dub Techno.

Your turn! What do you think?