Various Artists

Mas Confusion

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For quite some time, the "F" pair (Funkstörung and Funckarma) have been poised to take the place of the "A" pair (Autechre and Aphex Twin) as the leading activists when it comes to glitch-filled techno that is challenging for the toe tapper yet utterly sensible in the arrangement of such quirky clicks. This CD, compiled by brothers Don and Roel Funcken, was assembled mainly from promo tapes sent to Funkstörung's label, Musik Aus Strong. So obviously, newcomers like Xela and Tomato Weirdo don't stray too far from the melodic chime and glitch of their seniors. Fortunately, additional invited guest Adam Johnson and Stars as Eyes shine through with similar yet exciting methods of production, while elder producer Quench shows everyone how it's done with the sweeping drama of "Zane." Funckarma itself contributes a selection, as does Funkstörung's Michael Fakesch, both sounding exactly as you'd expect from each respective outfit. The variances in sound found on Mas Confusion are more than enough to make for a complete listen, while the obvious connection of all the included artists means that nothing strays too far off course. This is complicated yet easily accessible music that continues the classic juxtaposition of harsh and beautiful electronic sounds coming together.

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