R&D Funcken have done it again! And what is that you may ask and the natural answer is: produced and recorded another epic mile-stone-esque full-length album! “Dyn” is released by quality label U-cover, it’s their 16th release and it features the one-of-a-kind masters R&D Funcken under their Quench moniker. You get 11 tracks of the finest electronic music available. You get to hear Funcken re-invent, re-define and re-edit themselves. There’s just no relevant comparison possible. This release comes with the highest possible recommendations. Get it now and your life will improve all you have to do is to embrace the complexity and discover the beauty!
A definite soundtrack opening on this the latest Quench release “Punctuated” – a full-length album released on the somewhat strange and unusual MD format. The format is the trademark of US label n5MD and what an excellent release it is! “Punctuated” starts of with a beatless the soundtrack-like “nightshelf” the beautiful and emotional soundscapes lead on to “Zane” a classic vein Quench track with beats, melancholic strings and basslines of cheer bliss fused with layers of sonic elements. “Nemm” and “Scid” follow along the same atmospheric, beat-filled and structured path. Fifth track “Vexx” is a dub monster with a brilliant and haunting build-up, rock solid beats and a bassline to die for. It contains all the classic elements of a dub track and yet it is unmistakably a Quench track and nothing else. It’s musical greatness witnessed first-hand. In “Diaz” and “Bud” the dub realm is left behind and they both move into a territory of much higher beat density and does so beautifully as always accompanied by Quench’s version of melodic perfection. The eight track is the superb “Coil” with an amazingly colorful sonic picture, imagine if you will a solid hand-clap/ride, merciless strings and layering, building up alongside a subbass moving forward ever so steadily. “Latch” and “Iad” follow with more first-class electronic wizardry and the second of the two tracks being a bit harsher in appearance and construction. The eleventh and last track “Clan” has been previously released on the recently reviewed and excellent On 002 compilation. Of course this release is limited and the format’s quirky, but never mind that, this is as good as it gets. It is electronic music of the highest possible quality and finest grade. It doesn’t come more recommended in short, it’s an absolutely essential release.
What, another Quench release from they year 2001? Yes, it’s true these two men seem pretty unstoppable! The Funcken brothers got me cornered and there just isn’t anyone outthere coming close to them, when it comes to putting crunchy beats together with mind altering melodies, melancholy and sheer beauty. This particular Aim release isn’t an exception and nor are their previous DUB releases. First track “Spazm” contains warmth, completely saturated with bass and Quench’s beats providing a steady pace throughout the track, which in itself makes this 12″ worth getting. The three remaining tracks “Quad”, “Sin” and “Swordfish” are of the more crunchy persuasion just as good and all following the patented and highly unique Quench formula. In short: top-class, as always from the (unstoppable) Funcken brothers.
It was a while ago this album by Quench was released, in 1999 to be exact. It doesn’t matter it has stood the test of time in a striking manner. Quench unmisstakable take on electronic music shines through on this release as it does on all their releases. The album entitled “A Journey into Electonix” contains some of the songs that were later released as DUB12.2 on the Dutch imprint bearing the same name. The 4 tracks that ended up on the 12″ were probably the very best from this album, but the remaining 7 tracks don’t fall far behind and they are as essential to the album as the others. The first and last tracks are remixes thrown in for good measure, one by Funckarma and the other co-remixed by Llips and Quench. Simply put, it’s brilliant, brilliant and brilliant!
Quench’s “O.M. – X.H.” release on Inc.Us is yet another strong release. With multiple releases on DUB, an album on U-cover and on Eat This they continue their musical mission. Their characteristic beats programming, acute sense of melodies and exceptional atmospheric constructions shine through as always. The 4-track 12″ starts off with beats as crunchy as they get on “Okran” and is followed by a slightly more sinister “Madkem”. The B-side features two tracks: “Xen” and “Hidh”. If you like complex beats, beautiful textures and sounds then you probably like this Quench release as well. It simple really it is top quality stuff.