it’s been a while since isolee’s involving full length on pampa, but finally the german returns to the label with a new ep that is just as layered and lush.
'in germany, they can't say 'techno,' they say 'teshno'' ~ seth troxler [march 2008]
this isolee/robag whrume split release is exciting before you even hit play, simply because the two tracks included are mere pre-cursors of the respective full lengths to come (actually, isolee’s ‘well spent youth’ is already here and is already close to the top of my 2011 ‘best of’ pile). add into that pre-play excitement the fact it comes on koze’s fast flourishing pampa imprint and, despite the lack of any remixes, you have a genuinely semi-inducing prospect.
isolee takes the a side with ‘taktell’, a woozy, gently howling house number whose bottom end sways to-and-fro as diacritic strings and percussion add layer upon layer of deft intonation. its structure is so complex, unconventional and ever shifting that it’s hard to imagine the track being dropped into an average deep house set but, if it were, the way rajko müller hangs his grooves so effortlessly in murky 4/4 would have you wishing they lasted twice as long.
‘thora vukk’ is whrume’s contribution and is one which doesn’t sound out of place next to the work of isolee. it draws from the same sort of off kilter and unhinged sound palette as his, (as well as label mates axel boman and koze) but does so more sparingly. instead of constructing the track with myriad sonic flecks, the former wighnomy brother lays down a steady kick and has his quirky sounds (boingy synths, popping fx, plummeting harmonics) interlope recursively around them to make for an entrancing groove which forever seems to unravel as it goes. his full length can’t come soon enough…