Answer Code Request’s 2014 debut LP Code was an exciting moment for electronic music in Berlin—one that offered a break from the eternal hall and monolithic 4/4 kicks that ruled the city’s club landscape. As a hybrid gesture, the album’s spirit recalled an especially fruitful era in the German capital from the mid-'90s to early 2000s, when dub and pad-driven Detroit techno cross-pollinated with Berlin’s industrial aesthetic to create one of the city’s most exciting musical chapters.
We're told that this follow-up album "looks beyond the bass euphoria of Code toward darker horizons and a desolate atmosphere befitting of current global circumstances." Gräser is said to "offer an alternative, bass-heavy, and groove-based path forward for techno—one that both challenges listeners and leads them through a sonic narrative."
“For me, the album was a way of finding myself again without relying on other music— even to distance myself from other music,“ Gräser explains. “The more shadowy mood comes from a place of experimentation, and from my desire to go deeper into the sounds of synths and instruments I’ve been using, and even faster speeds of around 160 bpm. But in a way, the instruments were a kind of medium to abstractly conduct what was happening around me and the world.” — Answer Code Request
03. Ab Intus
12. An Unattainable Distance
Gens is scheduled for February 23 release via Ostgut Ton.