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|Burger & Ink|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Warning: this disc has nothing to do with the Rat Pack or $4.99 buffet lunches. Joerg Burger and Mike Ink (Wolfgang Voigt to his family) are two Germans for whom the sound of Las Vegas is what you hear if you put your ear ... more »
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Warning: this disc has nothing to do with the Rat Pack or $4.99 buffet lunches. Joerg Burger and Mike Ink (Wolfgang Voigt to his family) are two Germans for whom the sound of Las Vegas is what you hear if you put your ear real close to an air conditioner. Burger and Ink use Vegas as shorthand for Western-flavored titles ("The Jealous Guy from Memphis," "Love Is the Drug [Paris Texas]") and Americana in general ("Elvism"). But this Americana is remote, repetitive, abstract. Here disembodied electronics pulse in the ether, sometimes building up to a steady rhythm--as on "Bring Trance Back (to Las Vegas) [Blue Hotel]"--but usually circling around absent-mindedly and in an oddly soothing way. Twenty years after Tangerine Dream, the German space-music program is back in service. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Glide into Burger / Ink
Manny Hernandez | 10/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the stuff of your dreams if your in to subtle minimal house/techno stuff and you travel along the chainreaction train (or trance) of thought. This disk will take you places with its subtle basslines, smooth keyboards, and its slow sometimes bearly perceptable build ups. Highly recomended. Burger is also suppost to have some new stuff that is suppost to be really cool."
House/ambient crossover gem
Mons | Norrpan | 10/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why I haven't discovered this before, a superb collaboration between two Germans who know a thing a two about making good music. To be honest though, my expectations were moderate after hearing one of their tracks, Do the Strand, on a compilation. I didn't think it reflected the musical calibre of its makers. This record, however, reflects their calibre and then some. Alter alias Wolfgang Voigt is already a bit of a hero of mine through his Gas series, which is top-notch electronic music; a genre which, a few British tearaways aside, German artists seem to dominate with ease.
Two tracks really stand out for me, Milk and Honey which is really lives up to its title. Delicate synth stabs and an insistent bass pulse puttering away beneath. Quite danceable (probably) but even better to sit back and enjoy. The Jealous Guy from Memphis is also lactic sweetener with a sublime low-key groove and some achingly beautiful keyboard work. This is as good as the best of Aphex Twin, and has the sonic sophistication of Vladislav Delay, Pole and Autechre. Experimental forays, then, firmly chained to click/house grooves. Wonder what it would sound like the other way round?
Mesmerizing, maybe not good to listen to while driving... !
John W. Evans | La Grande, OR United States | 02/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think this is excellent music for having on as background, but I believe it also has other merits. If you don't like repetitive or trance-inducing music, this may not be your cup of tea... but if you like rhythms and patterns, you can immerse yourself in this CD. Certain aspects of the instrumentation mutate/change througout each cut, and the changes are subtle enough that they may not noticed without careful listening. In some of the cuts, a drumbeat will change slightly over a keyboard pattern that doesn't change, then one keyboard motif will gradually fade as another takes over. The music creeps gradually, but it's also stuff to which you can tap your toe. This might be dangerous music for some people to listen to while driving because if you get involved with it you might forget what you're doing. For me, it makes great soundtrack music for night driving in the city, as well as driving across vast, open spaces such as the desert."