MIDICRASH - Caramba / Live At Rekult Vol. 2

Midicrash - Caramba / Live At Rekult Vol. 2

13 / 1 songs
65:28 / 53:08 minutes
***** *** / ***** *


Some artists really don’t seem to care about public relations. Local electro pioneer Midicrash has been busily productive for quite some time, but only very recently found the energy to set up a Myspace account. Instead of releasing CDs, he prefers to put his music on a bland USB stick that only features his name. That’s why I found out that his album is called Caramba only when I connected the stick to my computer. Apart from a small cover image, the stick only features the songs, in high quality (256kbps) MP3 versions. They aren’t even numbered so that the listener has to make up his own running order. For the sake of convenience, I decided to listen to the tracks in alphabetical order.

Caramba comes with thirteen tracks running between four and seven minutes that all share a similar modus operandi. Atmospheric electronica is contrasted by nervous drum’n’bass beats, and although on paper this could turn out rather monotonous after some time, Midicrash has enough subtlety to add the certain something to meditative music while also taking drum’n’bass to whole new spheres. I was sceptical at first, not knowing what to expect, but this release is full of captivating gems that fans of cerebral electro music will enjoy, if only they are not deterred by the unusual format. But then you get the MP3s right there and don’t have to convert them for your iPod or whatever gimmick you use to listen to your portable music library.

Some time later, I also received Midicrash’s USB stick containing his live performance at the second Rekult festival that took place at the now probably already demolished OekoZenter (Pfaffenthal) in October this year. Actually this release came out the very night Midicrash performed at this IUEOA organized event.

Coming even more sparse than the predecessor, the artist did this time totally without digital cover artwork and album title. Let’s refer to it therefore simply as Live At Rekult Vol. 2. which contains a single 53 minute long track whose major drawback is the low MP3 bit rate of only 128kbps. The storage capacity of even the lowest USB stick would have allowed something much more appropriate. The sound quality is also not always very even. At times the vocal samples are too loud, and the last ten or so minutes suffer from degrading sound, which – defenders might claim – add to the live feeling of the music.

Midicrash played some live melodica that evening, which adds a warm organic sound to his music which otherwise is once again his trademark mellowtronica with bubbling drum’n’bass beats.

I suggest you start with Caramba to get a clear impression of the talents slumbering within Midicrash. Some or even most of the tracks can be listened to and downloaded at the Belgian Electrobel homepage, if you want to preview his music. Midicrash is a highly interesting artist who now only needs more efficient ways to disperse his music into the world.

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