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ARTIST
TITLE
Kunststoff
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
CCO 037CD CCO 037CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/28/2006

Kunststoff was originally released on Move D's (David Moufang) own Heidelberg-based Source Records back in 1995. Brought back into print by City Centre Offices for a whole new generation to discover, Kunststoff is a dreamlike journey through Move D's compelling vision of an electronic vista that unfurls gradually like a majestic digital tapestry. This is the sound of techno if viewed through a heat-haze. Originally from Heidelberg Germany, Move D spent his childhood listening to the likes of Kraftwerk and Pink Floyd -- yet rather than credit these auteurs with the inspiration behind his work, Moufang pinpoints another factor as the core influence to his musical gestation; space. Having been profoundly affected by a trip to the cinema to see 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moufang spent his childhood obsessed with the cosmos -- and when the desire to make music eventually took over, it's little wonder that the results incorporated such strong elements of the ethereal and otherworldly. Translated into English as "plastic," Kunststoff is anything but production line -- succeeding in sounding as genre defying now as it was when originally released at the half-time interval of the '90s. The tracks "Soap Bubbles" and album standout "In/Out" are intensely textured compositions that take their beats as a flexible spine onto which all manner of sonic flourishes can be mapped. As innovative as any album of the past two decades, Kunststoff is generous to the listener -- refusing to insult their intelligence through easily pigeon-holed avenues, Move D instead throws up a startlingly diverse selection of music that nonetheless retains a firm cohesive thread. Best enjoyed as a whole, Kunststoff revels in juxtaposing the serrated grooves of "Nimm 2" against the kaleidoscopic synths and carbonated beats of "Beyond The Machine" -- stone cold classic.