Pete Namlook & Atom Heart

Jet Chamber IV

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The fourth in this series of collaborations between two of the most prolific producers in electronic music, Pete Namlook released five other albums the year this was made, while Uiwee Schmidt, aka Atom Heart, has absurdly released over 100 albums, singles, and EPs in his ten-year career. Jet Chamber IV is proof that sometimes quantity doesn't equal quality. Released on Namlook's Fax label, the record sticks to the form of three extended tracks per album. And while the opener, "Zappel Jazz," starts with a compelling mixture of fragmented electro-acoustic percussion and synth bleeps, it soon falls into a disappointing acid jazz wank-off with the addition of organ and guitar. "Cleaning Your Head" is the real marathon piece, stretching endless minimal growls and tones that crawl like molasses into sporadic beat stabs and finally a more brief and tasteful drum and guitar rev-up. "The Third Option" is strictly a mood piece, with a slow-walking stand-up bassline and distant analogue melodies and plucked piano atmospherics. Overall, you can't help but get the feeling that this record is the result of no more than one rather lackadaisical week in the studio. While both artists are capable of making excellent music, these particular tapes could have been left on the shelves to the detriment of no one.

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