If you like your electronics weird and erratic, Kashual Plastik is for you. One of Germany’s best kept secrets, the enigmatic imprint has been haunting the underground for quite a few years already but mostly remained a thing for connoisseurs and vanguard music lovers, which obviously rarely pairs with broad sale numbers and high visibility.
Following on from releases by a wide array of talents including DJ Richard and his gusty ambient tape ‘Terror & Erebus‘, NY-based duo Georgia, Uncanny Valley affiliate Scherbe and more, the label step up with their third 12″ – a 5-track VA featuring the likes of Kann Records’ habitué Philipp Matalla, Robert Bergman, Belgium-based Venezuelian producer Bear Bones & Lay Low, Inkasso and Herc E. Rillen.
Operating out of the lovely Amsterdam, Robert Bergman has become a reference in the realm of doughty leftfield experimentalists and state-of-the-art sonics. Having previously released on TTT, Dekmantel, BAKK, Dog In The Night and his own imprint Brew, inaugurated last year, Robert here contributes a rather compelling slab of off-centre sequential music that doesn’t lack guts.
‘Wiwi‘ finds the Dutch producer tweaking and modulating an endless tide of blipping synth ostinatos and cascading percussions – abrasive yet finely-textured – slowly amalgamating before dissolving across an all-consuming vortex of dubby echoes and overlapping delays. Drowned in a stormy, disquieting atmosphere, the track continues to reveal subtle details listen after listen, showing Bergman’s particular genius at modeling rugged yet subtle oddball techno beats, that lends his creations their unique power.
A Weird State Of Experimental Experience is released via Kashual Plastik on 29th May, pre-order a vinyl copy from Juno.
A1. Philipp Matalla – Bonus Drums
A2. Robert Bergman – Wiwi
B1. Bear Bones & Lay Low – Lachentanz
B2. Inkasso – Art Des Rassel
B3. Herc E Rillen – Francisco Drive