Roger 23 – Extended Play [ITX008]

Roger Reuter has only one previous album to his name, the woozy, edge-of-reason ambience of 2015’s Mensch 001. Extended Play is its’ follow up, and sees the experienced German producer appear on Ilian Tape for the first time. Rooted in his usual brand of unsettling, otherworldly ambience, the six tracks variously draw influence from early IDM, drone, dub techno, industrial and experimental film soundtracks. Despite these nods to familiar experimental styles, it’s an album that can easily be listened to in a variety of situations, and never drags. It’s strongest moments, such as the mournful ambient throb of “State IIX Interlude II”, are particularly beguiling.

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Roger 23 – Extended Play [ITX008]

Roger 23 – Future State [BAUD006]

Layered rhythms force these tracks forward to an unspoken conclusion, although there cannot be any doubt about the tracks’ intentions! Roger 23 has a reputation for producing music that combines great intuition with a roughness that is equally as challenging as it is soothing. ‘Future State’ is no exception to this rule. Bursts of melody and atmosphere draw the attention to relentless, yet not straight rhythmic patterns and vice versa. These five tracks are a remorseless leap into what dance music can be. Made with optimism and an open mind, they explore darker territories in an inviting and open-ended way. The last track on this EP being a short, blissful Ambient piece that abstractly channels the energy of the other tracks serves as one last lap on the rings of Saturn. ‘Future State’ plays with meaning, intention and focus and in the process refocuses itself time and again. It is an extremely versatile exploration that is as engaging and believing as can be.

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Roger 23 – Future State [BAUD006]

Roger 23 – Elemental 7 [PCM002]

The new record to be released on Poisson Chat Musique shows a most personal, melancholic and sensitive side of Roger 23 in ‘Element 7’. The calm but mighty ‘No Solution’ on the flipside also confirms him as one of the most interesting dub-techno producers around. Just let the deep sub-bass, the serenity of the atmosphere, and the strength of the ensemble grow in your mind and body, listen after listens… Finally, ‘Ambient V’ is a kind of synthesis of the two previous tracks, mixing the smoke-filled abstractions of Elemental 7, with the dub-techno spirit reflected by No solution.

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Roger 23 – Elemental 7 [PCM002]