a_drum. hands-d251

gatto nero
a_drum. cd

hands. hands-d251

gatto nero, the black cat, promises no bad luck, but rather crowded dance floors: the man who is otherwise known as ah cama-sotz ‘debuts’ with ten tracks of fierce, in-your-face techno. indeed a_drum is so essentially and unpretentiously four-to-the-floor that it will bring out the youthful spirit in anyone who has ever been able to relate to the genre. charming and clever, produced with all the expertise you might expect from a veteran of electronic music who is well known for his mastery of analogue synths, this album is thoroughly rhythmic and while it stays well clear of industrial sounds it isn’t friendly either, for sure. addictive ear candy for compulsive dancers! those who have followed herman klapholz’ work since the 1990s know of course that he has had his forays into the techno genre before, with his main outlet ah cama-sotz as well as with side-projects such as ¥π¥ and pow[d]er pussy, and just as well we know of his infatuation with cats (and bats), so know these passions come together with this project which is bound to grab your attention from the start: manoeuvring through a number of formative elements, this will never fail its physical impact. sturdy minimalism (‘away’), maddening drops (‘a_drum’), tribal beats (‘dead end core’), fierce bass lines (‘woofer’), earworm electro riffs (‘24 hours’) and a general sense of euphoria drive the album home well before you thought. all that carries a comfortable warmth reminiscent of early techno productions, the analogue trademark sound that will have subwoofers work out seriously. while the concert stage and the club seem the natural habitats of this album, it will also thrive on home listening. a_drum is a sure shot for technophiles, as well as a must-explore facet of ah cama-sotz for the devotees.


1 away
2 a_drum
3 flood
4 dead end core
5 woofer
6 concrete jungle
7 dirt
8 24 hours
9 kool kat
10 xone