The next release on Standards & Practices since the acclaimed remixes of Talker's "Battle Standards" (by Surgeon, Regis, and Broken English Club), “Live From Frankfurter Strasse" represents the first recorded collaborative effort from Jonathan Krohn (Stave, also 1/2 of Talker) and Jan Grebenstein (Downwards, Horo).
Culled from recording sessions following several successful improvised live performances in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Berlin, "Live From Frankfurter Strasse" is 3 tracks of seismically powerful, industrial dub music that represents a new direction for the pair and is unquestionably some of their strongest material to date.
The twitchy, pared-to-the-bone opener "Alfa" is at once vast and frighteningly claustrophobic, recalling the brutal, clinical precision of Mika Vainio and Ilpo Vaisanen's output, with a brilliantly tricky arrangement that continually pulls the rug out from under the listener—its vertigo-inducing twists and turns are simultaneously disorienting and endlessly hypnotic. On the flip, the brooding, scorched-earth "Stirn" and "Verstärkerstufe" work at a much slower tempo, uncurling like a plume of smoke with a spacious, cerebral quality that occasionally brings to mind early Gescom.
released September 14, 2018
Written & Produced by J.Krohn and J.Grebenstein
Recorded in Chicago and Kassel
Mastered by Tim Xavier at Manmade, Berlin
Design by Common Name, New York
Distribution by Triple Vision
supported by 15 fans who also own “Live From Frankfurter Straße”
i've owned this record nearly 2 years now, and i totally forgot to review it. it's in constant rotation for me, and is so so so great if you need a break from 4 on the floor stuff. abby's background in audio engineering shines thru to this release, and i can't stop jamming it. helmina