Bovine Life

[Reciprocess: +/vs.], Vol. 1

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This CD is the first volume in a series developed by the electronica labels Fällt and Bip-Hop (and released on the latter). The concept underpinning the series is to present items that are both split and collaborative CDs. For this volume, the German Frank Bretschneider (aka Komet) and the English Chris Dooks (aka Bovine Life) created 15 to 20 minutes each of new music, collaborated on four tracks, and produced one remix each of the other's music. Despite its barbaric title, [Reciprocess: +/vs.], Vol. 1 is thoroughly enjoyable, for many reasons. First, Bovine Life has rarely sounded this involved and engaging. Compared to the light full-length CD Social Electrics, the music here leans more toward the atmospheric -- Komet's influence? Second, Komet's tracks are delightfully corrupted by the dub virus. Between ambient and dub, they shimmer in the high end, boom and bounce in the low end. The four duet tracks take the form of a single piece in four movements. Bretschneider and Dooks have not met in the flesh; they worked via e-mail. It seems that Bovine Life first asked "(The Question)," which was reworked by Komet, who added "(The Reply)." A "(Second Question)" followed, answered in a similar way in order to provide "(The Conclusion)." The playful way the artists carried melodic and rhythmic material over to the next section creates a convincing form of dialog. A strong outing from the perspective of both artists, this makes for a highly satisfying album of clicks + cuts and a promising concept.

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