Answer Code Request returns with his sophomore album Gens on Ostgut Ton, entering darker but equally bass-heavy territory. Today the musical vision offered by Berghain resident Answer Code Request, real name Patrick Gräser, has proved far-sighted. While at first glance electronic music in 2018 seems increasingly balkanized, borders between genres have once again become fuzzier. Now, on his follow up LP Gens, Gräser looks beyond the bass euphoria of Code toward darker horizons and a desolate atmosphere befitting of current global circumstances. It’s electronic music free from genre constraints – one where a broad palette of broken rhythms, varying speeds, different colors and sound design draws listeners into a synthesized world of its own.
The first Answer Code Request EP on Ostgut Ton. Patrick Graeser has already caused a stir with his recent releases for MDR and his own ACR label. His debut 12” for Ostgut Ton begins with ”The 4th Verdict” and immediately shows clear direction.
The second of Answer Code Request’s two 12″s for Marcel Dettmann’s MDR imprint sees three more rough techno cuts with 90s influences. A-side track “The Host” has echoes of Shed in its hypnotic metallic snares and looping, malfunctioning synth line. On the flip, the producer clearly indulges his tendencies for 90s IDM with “Thu”, a combination of ambient Aphex style melody and minimal D&B rhythms, while “Mikro” combines a heavily panned line of kosmische-style arpeggio, deep sub-bass and skittering breakbeats.
Although Patrick Graser has been producing since 2008, it’s as Answer Code Request that he’s arguably made the biggest impact. Now he finds himself on Marcel Dettmann’s MDR imprint for the first of two 12″s; A-side track “Main Mode” is perhaps a straighter cut than we’ve come to expect from the producer, as peak time chord stabs combine with a rolling 4/4 beat with subtle 90s breakbeat influences. On the flip, he takes things in a more experimental direction, as “Biokinetik” combines processed chopped up percussion with a sludgy bass that heaves under its own weight, and “Untitled” throws crisp 2-step snares together with ambient pads.
The second release of the label Baud from Tom Dicicco, who lives in Manchester, brings us the two tracks “Material Things” and “Empire”, concluded by a remix of “Material Things” by Patrick Graeser.