It means doubt.
Robert Lippok. Chief architect of To Rococo Rot, Berlin resident and Sonar protester. He's also my mate. He dresses the way an artist should and is involved in so many projects that Berlin's output (music or otherwise) would halve if he stopped.
Loaded with clever melodies that mesh and weave / Stamped with rhythms that refuse to be second-guessed. Despite the plethora of real instruments throughout the twelve tracks, there's always an underlying, lurking motif that reminds you of the presence of the machines.
If we assume that there are no missteps during the entire forty minutes, then I can get on with telling you about my favourite bits. The counter-play between the DX7 and guitar picks on 'Please wake me for meals'. Gameboy / Nanoloop punctuated percussion cutting deep into Meiko Shimizo's vocals on 'Kaitusburi'.
Morgernstern's soulful turn on the aptly named 'Sommer'. Damon Aaron's heartfelt plea amidst an electro-cacophony on 'If the day remains unspoken for'. I could go on....But simply put, this is exemplary, accessible, electronic music for people with music amplification systems.
I don't know Barbara, but on the strength of this record, I'd like to.
AGF's percussive poetry constantly baffles, delights and surprises with each session. Her meccano approach to beats and slight-of-hand chord-play that characterised previous works are reshaped by her partner Vladislav Delay.
His influence is evident on the work as a whole. On moments like 'Causing a Taifun' and 'Restrict' where the ghosts of 'Vocalcity' can be heard in the distance. Night-time basslines, dub clatter and slowed drum marches provide a cushion for Antye's intimate observations whilst Detroit Jazz hovers in the foreground.
Lyrically, her delivery is broken and fractured, much like the music. Helped by the fact that English isn't her native language. Narrative, commentary, critique. On 'Restrict' she makes pithy asides about immigration and borders ("it's fucking politics, again."). On 'Recorded' she even turns on the music itself, rightly claiming that "Everything's been recorded already."
Needless to say, 'Explode' is a beautifully presented, engaging piece of media.