- Swirling textures from Exael, uon and Huerco S.
- "At this point we are interested in electroacoustic music, and part of the electroacoustic scene is more interested in techno music, " Torsten "T++" Pröfrock said in 1998. He was talking about the legendary Chain Reaction label, but the description could easily apply to the tight-knit group of producers affiliated with Huerco S.'s West Mineral Ltd. outlet. Huerco S., uon and Exael all play dance music, but outside the club they're primarily concerned with abstract, techno-adjacent soundscapes. They've formed an ambient techno "band" of sorts called Ghostride The Drift. The trio's first release, for D. Tiffany and uon's xpq? label, defies easy classification.
I've listened to Ghostride The Drift for weeks and still have trouble describing it. None of the tracks come in at anywhere near a typical techno dance floor tempo. The first untitled piece is oddly reminiscent of sub-heavy shoegaze, layering a blurry chord over a stuttering 150 BPM kick. The trio also settles into an outer-space illbient variation. The B1 is a trippy, textural beat that's funky enough to nod your head to. The B2 is another beat tape-style jam, a noisy hip-hop rhythm with an array of junk shop samples. These tracks are dense but spontaneous, like they were jammed out in smoky studios, captured and then left alone. Ghostride The Drift sounds like nothing else.