Fresh off of a pair of well-received EPs on his recently-launched Manhigh imprint, Berlin’s highly respected techno auteur Henning Baer makes his first appearance on Nonplus with 4 excellently crafted, saturated machine techno tracks on The Idea of Instinct. Following on feelings suggested in the title, the EP opens with a pair of more contemplative pieces: the title track’s spare arrangement puts mechanical rhythmic drive behind its exploration of dusky electronic atmospheres, while the feeling of ‘DNA’ is both brighter and slightly pacier, its hypnosis deriving from the pads and synthesizer sequences that circle the drums. ‘CCC II’ takes a darker approach to a similar idea, this time with the suggestion of polyrhythms in the distant and heavily-treated percussive elements circling in the background behind uneasy ambience. It builds to the closer ‘Spiritual Quest’, where overlaid rhythms in 3 and 4 are not easily reducible and create the tension at the track’s centre driving it to its conclusion.
Published: 16th February 2017