Ex­trawelt Un­known

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Future Music - - ALBUM REVIEWS - Tom Jones

Hamburg duo Arne Schaffhausen and Wayan Raabe have been mak­ing mu­sic to­gether in var­i­ous guises for over the last 20 years, but it is as Ex­trawelt that the ex­pe­ri­enced duo have forged their most dis­tinc­tive sound. Their fourth stu­dio al­bum un­der the moniker,

Un­known, is a wild ex­plo­ration of synth-driven, acid-heavy ro­bot­ics. Step­ping away from dance­floor-fo­cused techno, the duo swoop into time­less elec­tro, stripped-back boo­gie, cos­mic synths, spacey am­bi­ence, old school breaks and fu­tur­is­tic ex­per­i­men­tal­ism. In­dus­trial-lean­ing, but in­fused with emo­tion, the record com­bines snap­ping drum ma­chines, rugged synth lines and grum­bling bass with warm melodies, jan­gling echoes and oth­er­worldly ef­fects. As old school as it is fu­tur­is­tic, Un­known chugs along with pur­pose with­out spilling into over­drive, let­ting us be swept along on its jour­ney. Rough and tough, but with a sen­si­tive edge, the al­bum keeps you on your toes. Beau­ti­ful, strange and ex­cit­ing,

Un­known per­fectly rep­re­sents a duo who rel­ish in­no­va­tion.

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