Boomkat Product Review: Killer album of ferric, monotone, fizzing electronics, slowed down bunker Techno and heavily atmospheric field recordings unearthed and compiled by Golden Püdel's impeccable selector Nina (veteran of mixes for the likes of Blackest Ever Black's Krokodilo Tapes and Berceuse Heroique) and Tobias Duffner's VIS label. Highly Recommended if you're into Alessandro Cortini or fellow Pudel compatriot Helena Hauff.
Scheich in China make exactly the kind of stuff you’d hope to hear during one of Nina’s far-reaching but focussed DJ sets and comes from another one of the club's elusive and extended possee, someone who alongside their nocturnal activities apparently spends their time beekeeping.
Their self-titled LP bluntly stakes out malefic intent to hypnotise thru their unflinching style and greyscale, atonal palette that’s deeply entrenched in a bunker mindset.
On the A-side they lash us into a trio of ever-decreasing drone techno circles primed for the grungiest DJs and clubs that crave a bit of murk on the ‘floor, but the record’s biggest attraction in undoubtedly the B-side’s 18 minute tract of treated and re-wired field recordings, all processed with a cold, hollow, metallic finish that make us feel like some invisible entity haunting the Hamburg docks and Reeperbahn at 6am.
If you fell in love with Alessandro Cortini's impeccable run of releases over the last few years, this one's a must.
...We all know by now that the promoters, DJs and artists orbiting around the Golden Püdel tend to be some of the most trustworthy sources of alternative ruminations in the city of Hamburg. (...)
Even for such fringe operators in the German city, Scheich In China is a less familiar name, although Nina did hint towards enjoying performances from the beekeeper and experimental producer held at local “club not-club” Kraniche Bei Den Elbbruekken.
Having taken part in the On-Brr project alongside Rodion Levin, Philipp Meiers first presented the Scheich In China moniker on a self-titled cassette release in 2014, before committing further music to Hafenschlamm. Now V I S will be releasing some fuzzy, tape-treated delights from the Scheich on a four-track 12”. The A-side is made up of three modestly sized pieces while the B is given over to a mammoth 18 minutes of disorientating delights. The release will be out later this week, clothed in a sleeve by Julien Raboteau.