Review: General Elektro/Atelier founder Daniel Pflumm and DJ Sotofett first crossed swords as Busen way back in 2009, issuing the brilliantly wonky U.S. Import 12" on Sex Tags Mania. Just two subsequent releases from the pair have surfaced, one on Wania in 2010 and the Busen 12" for General Elektro a year later. Those partial to their eccentric electronics will be all over this new self-titled double pack of odd experiments. While there's a whisper of acid, techno and stripped-back house, for the most part they stick to more out-there fare, delivering a range of tracks that variously doff a cap to industrial, drone, ambient and sparse, stripped-back IDM. All, of course, were created using machines - some modular, it seems - rather than computers.
Review: Typically, General Elektro isn't giving much away about the identity of the producers behind "new collaboration" Westend, or their aims for the project for that matter. Musically, it's a quietly impressive debut that features a sextet of tracks mostly built around gently undulating synthesizer arpeggio lines and moody electronics. Many of the tracks are stripped-back, hypnotic and beat-less, deriving their power from the relentless thrust of the arpeggio lines that ripple across the sound space. Others, meanwhile, include ghostly electro drums or, in the case of the bombastic "Track 4", the kind of no-nonsense, kick-drum-driven beats that were once a feature of the greatest Electronic Body Music releases.