Classic ambient techno! (audio)
Making truly timeless electronic music is quite a tricky proposition. What sounded futuristic in 1996 sounds like outdated trash in 2006 (and don’t even think about listening to it in “current year”). B12’s debut album Electro-Soma has long been one of my favorite electronic/ambient techno albums that somehow has managed to dodge that bullet and still sound pretty cool even with nearly three decades of technological advancements.
The same can’t be said for its godawful cover though…
But speaking of godawful, dated album covers, let’s talk about the follow up to Electro-Soma, Time Tourist, which is apparently getting a reissue from Warp Records!
Full disclosure: I’m a sucker for pretty much anything ambient techno, so I’m pretty much just going to gush about this track. From what I can gather from this track “Infinite Lite”, there’s not much difference between this track and a lot of the material found on the album that preceded it; i.e., the enveloping, lush synth pads that give the song it’s consuming ambience, the busy, rhythmic factory of drum machines, and the occasional uneasy, ominous synth lead that hangs in the background, keeping the track from drifting too far into easy listening territory. Essentially, it’s got a little bit of everything that I love about ambient techno. So while I missed this album on it’s initial run, I’m definitely not gonna miss out on this.
B12’s second album Time Tourist is being reissued by Warp Records and will be released on November 16th!