As the drummer for Krautrock legends Can, Jaki Liebezeit knows a thing or two about using electronic instruments in rock music, so it comes as little surprise that this group should approach its debut release with unique compositions from the opposite end, deftly working rock instruments into their electronic sound. The German trio consists of Dirk Herweg on strings, Boris Polonski on synthesizers, and Liebezeit on drums, but from the first moments of the opening track, "7-Bener," it's apparent that the influential drummer is the group's mastermind. As Polonski's synths bubble and gurgle like some sort of synthesized primordial soup, and Herweg's unidentified instrument boings around like Tigger on a sugar and caffeine rush, Liebezeit lays down a syncopated rhythm most drummers would kill for. Not limiting himself to his self-made drum kit, Liebezeit also adds ethnic percussion to lend the programmed tracks an earthy appeal, as if the robots of Kraftwerk had been replaced by playful humans. On "Amphaze," his rollicking rhythms tap into trance-like tribal traditions, pointing out the connection between modern and ancient forms of dance music without even trying. The production is perfect, with just enough reverb and delay to create an otherworldly environment that makes for highly enjoyable headphone listening. With Club Off Chaos, Jaki Liebezeit continues to prove himself years ahead of his time.
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AllMusic Review by Bret Love