Wouldbenice, Backlash EP

[Vidab Records]

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Wouldbenice, or if you prefer, Andre Goc, from Berlin, appears for the second time on the year-old Vidab imprint with the three-track “Backlash” 12″. Though it’s still young, Vidab has been making a splash. With a spiritual home at the Golden Gate Club and label nights at Panoramabar, Vidab would seem to earn plenty of cool points based on pedigree. Wouldbenice has been has been playing live shows since 2004, but “Backlash” is only his second release. Based on the high degree of polish on display in these three tracks, it’s not difficult to imagine that Goc has been producing for a while. And “Hallschlag”, the fantastically controlled A Side, persuades that Vidab has earned its cachet.

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“Hallschlag” has all of the devilish accomplishment of any of the techno being made at Berghain. While it lacks the thoroughbred hauteur of a Marcel Dettmann record, there is a silvery smoothness to the sound design. “Hallschlag”‘s pounding percussive array doesn’t over-rely on reverberation, and this fact probably means that it would make a functional addition to many a techno set beyond the confines of the Berghain. Unfortunately, neither of the tracks on the flip do the same nice job of combining techno steam engines with house-ish palatability. Instead, “Dschelada” is bassey and tangled, ultimately collapsing under its own weight. “Create A New Self” is a pleasant and very stripped down ditty that exhorts you (pitched down style) to “exist on a higher plane…get out of this culture” and such. It has a restrained logic about it as a track, but it will probably take a little more to convince that talk of “…a higher vibration” is not a gimmick but rather a means to get there.

hutlock  on October 15, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Yeah, nice one. I do like this better than the Dettmann reviewed below, though its clearly cut from the same cloth. Good call, Colin.

Joe  on October 15, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Vidab are top notch! I finally bought O. Deutschmann’s Siem Reap EP and that’s a real winner. Great sounds.

I may be getting my mitts on this one too now – thanks for the review. (Colin – am I right in thinking you live in Oxford? if so, do you know any good record shops in the area?)

colin s  on October 16, 2008 at 7:02 AM

O yeah, I do live in Oxford (outside of term time). There was one record shop,that I knew of, but it shut. Afraid I normally buy online, or in beautiful London. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

Joe  on October 16, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Ah well – I live in London but have friends I visit a lot in Oxford and sometimes wish we could go record shopping together while i’m there…so far the best I’ve managed has been from charity shops in Botley…

I’ve been trying to find good shops in London too that aren’t Phonica – someone recommended Brewer St to me so I might try that. Do you have any regular stops?

colin s  on October 22, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Hey Joe, to be honest, I don’t make it down to trawl the bins as often as I’d like. There are a few shops around Phonica which are pretty good, but I’m not too sure what they’re called. I think one of them is one block over from Poland Street. It’s that area that I normally concentrate in. But for the most part I don’t have the dough to do more than bring home/ send off for a few absolute must haves. Maybe if I didn’t feel the need to have quite so many beers/etc. in places like Fabric 😉
Happy hunting though – hope to bump into you sometime soon in room 1.


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