Farben

The Sampling Matters

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Jan Jelinek's seventh Farben 12" and first since 2002, The Sampling Matters consists of four tracks, all of which make for some of his funkiest, most pared-down productions. The sleeve denotes that a "group" called the Presets is involved (they apparently provide handclaps, finger snaps, whistles, toms), but you wouldn't know it unless you were told. There are no glitches to be heard, just a series of cozy, adroit basslines and numerous percussive elements that are definable as often as they are not. (These tracks place him much closer to Thomas Brinkmann's Soul Center releases, not that they weren't comparable before.) While each track continues the Farben quality control, "You Make Me Sweat You Make Me Sick" nearly rivals "Live at the Sahara Tahoe, 1973" as the best overall, being a delirious ever-shifting amalgam of quirked-out snips and blips -- not to mention a garbled vocal blurp that only adds to the funkiness.