Krause Duo Feat. Ian Simmonds
Hell On Earth EP
MK 034


VINYL RELEASED: 17.01.2011


DIGITAL: 28.01.2011


A. A Way Home
B. Big Change

The production and DJ sets from Metabomen aka Krause Duo is constructed for the most part as a free-spirited bunch with a special twist. It doesn't matter whether the material is with a jazz catalog, a frizzy sound, a dragging house or a techno press.

An inimitable signature is not only clearly identified, no, but for the listeners of Krause Duo the good ol' 10-second preview doesn't need three guesses. The answer from every contestant in the studio booth comes as if shot out from a cannon, so distinct is that Krause formulation; from depth and nevertheless a clubby art with stay-fresh ideas. Here, reliable doesn't mean stagnant.

For the (up to now) 34th release from Musikkrause, Ian Simmonds is comfortably on hand for both sides of the vinyl disc in the studio. Out comes two monumentally deep waltzes full of raunchy charm and a knee-deep appreciation for jazz. The impact of both tracks is so spiritual that to speak of dance music is not the issue at hand, but rather something of a ghostly slam to the body. If you listen closely enough you can hear the diligent work of your own being. By means of the poetically-painted tones of Simmonds and the clutter, which despite the many tonal designs and devices in this "authoritive-techno", it has no fore-bearer. You can also tell the form of the work undertaken by the joint venture Krause/Simmonds isn't complete by a long shot even though in this manifestation there is nothing left to add. The distribution of dynamics appears to be so well-coordinated that there is simply the thrill of savoring such thoughtful club music.


A. Way Home

It was on a rhythm structure that Ian Simmonds composed his sonic creation that he was happy to use – a galloping poly-rhythmic, unflinching groove is the product. The sharp-tongued piano accent sounds disaffected yet still close, unexpectantly breaking out with a jazzy meditative again and again. This in turn, next to the narrarative voice segments for a new-fangled sound voyage, is freed from any dictation of the party culture.


B. Big Change

Here is something that will stick to your ribs without any gastro follow-up. Just a moment however, not so fast(!) but rather let the enormous bass do its thing. Here there isn't any peek-a-boo from the forest, but rather the entire woods beckon. When in the final third, Ian's voice is accompanied by the piano steps, Big Change then really takes off. From pure joy of playing of course – or perhaps a righteous rap across the knuckles!