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 The Whole Traffic - PS 08/39
  Release Date: 14 March 1994
  Limitation: 1000

   138 KMH      20.43
   110 KMH      21.01
   107 KMH      11.34
   72 KMH        9.12
   38 KMH        8.07

  all tracks written by Dr. Atmo and Basalt Boys

First of all, the whole concept of this album is very cool. 5 tracks, each named after a certain traveling speed (or should we better change "KMH" into "BPM" :), getting slower with every step/track.

(138 KMH) Opening with interesting arabian samples, this one turns into some kind of pre-historical acid-track.

(110 KMH) Very monotonous with light percussions and a TB-303-like bassline. It's very hypnotic, but gets boring

after a certain time. Interesting, but far too long ! (107 KMH) Yet another TB-like bassline, light drums and monotonous synthie-sounds. Perfect lead-over to the next part of the CD.

(72 KMH) This time, we get more percussive. Very nice to listen to.

(38 KMH) We reached the end, the minimum speed. Starting off with some eastern percussion, the last track reminds a bit on some of the work, Atmo's was doing for "Silence".

In conclusion, this one is a very interesting album, apart from the concept of "getting slower" with each track, it's a disc, you can listen to in any mood or situation, the perfect background music (but unfortunately nothing more!). I received the disc yesterday and listened to the whole thing about 5 times now! Rating: 7/10

(review by Sven Kössler)

Starts out with some Persian poem, and occasional sort-of middle eastern percussion winds around a stomping 4/4 beat with a bassline that is taken over by various interesting melodies. 138 KMH is (surprise) at 138 bpm and so on. 138 KMH is excellent, with a little tinny break speeds by, simulating the cruising speed of the journey. 110 KMH is a little slower but not as interesting as the first, making it *way* too long. As things slow down it gets more interesting, as the pounding beat gives way to slower middle eastern percussion and some beautiful melodies. All in all, this is kind of strange, but a different sound and very interesting. Hard to classify.

(review by jonathan takagi)


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