Where the Wind Blows


In the early '90s, the world began taking a shine to a quite curious phenomenon which was still regarded in many places as part of the even more curious genre label IDM. Its protagonists such as Richard James and Autechre created grandiose and bewildering cosmoses of sound whose exponential complexity could only be escaped by departing in the opposite direction -- minimal techno as an escape route to the future. BPitch Control meets this current transition with an ambitious compilation album bearing the fitting title Where the Wind Blows. The name requires little interpretation: seventeen striking and all previously-unreleased tracks from as many artists reveal where the wind could be blowing at BPitch in the future. On board, alongside numerous label veterans such as Kiki, Thomas Muller, Jahcoozi, and label boss Ellen Allien herself, are renowned remixers from the BPitch network, including the Polish DJ duo Viadrina and the Irish-Canadian Amirali. Of course, a fresh wind means completely new input as well. So it comes as no surprise that the BPitch circle has been expanded to include a few more illustrious names such as Tomas Barfod, Douglas Greed and Mooryc, as well as Joy Wellboy who adorns the album with a cool, soulful-electronic, down-tempo gem. The transition from highly structured minimalism to atmospheric, song-oriented alternative electronica is a strong thread running through the entire album. It offers Telefon Tel Aviv's dramatic soundscapes just as much room as Dillon's distinctive, almost painfully intense singer-songwriter sketches. The label boss delivers very uncharacteristic cerebral cinema soundtrack, almost rocky in its driving rhythm; Chaim combines house and space-disco elements; mechanical sound specialist Thomas Muller serves up a piece that could almost be interpreted as tech-house parody; and Hercules And Love Affair singer Aérea Negrot takes us by surprise by revealing a naive-poppy side that no one would have previously suspected. The high proportion of vocal tracks on Where the Wind Blows underlines the commitment to color and the shift towards a new emotionality. Other artists include Mr. Statik (feat. Beatrice Ballabile), Camea, David K, and Apparat.