Abstand is a duo project by Martin Brugger and Simon Popp, both members of the Munich-based jazz group Fazer. On their debut 12" Opek they provide off-kilter polyrhythmic percussion psychedelia, layering live and unedited drum tracks blended with sparse electronics that add a subtle Middle Eastern tint.
On the B side we're treated with a remix by Stefan Schwander aka Harmonious Thelonious. The Salon des Amateurs denizen serves us a pulsating and more club-leaning take showing why he can always be trusted with turning live percussion into bold, hypnotic jams for the perceptive clubgoer.
The Munich-Duesseldorf axis has once again been proven fertile and we will likely hear more coming out of that connection.
released November 30, 2018
Produced by Martin Brugger and Simon Popp.
Additional Production by Stefan Schwander.
A glorious blend of shimmering percussion and organic electronic touches, with some fascinatingly complex rhythms too. Definitely some eastern vibes in the sounds and styles (Gamelan in particular), and overall it's an interesting mix of groove and polyrhythmic complexity. I really dig this debut album and can't wait to hear more from this new artist. ~ DJ Megasoup aka Selaroda ~
I heard one track and had to buy their entire collection on BandCamp.
Coordination in the face of perpetual random motion. Constructive explosions in sound. What more could you ask for from a musical ensemble..? Peter Jones