Post-African Repetition – New Techno EP with Jätten

The first EP in this series consists of Jättens Latin-influenced developments of Swedish Minimal Techno.

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Click HERE to check out the music videos for the release

In 1995 the avantgarde composer Stockhausen was asked by the magazine Wire to listen to tracks by techno and electronica producers like Aphex Twin and Plastikman. His harsh reviews became quite unintentionally humorous as he complained over what he called “post-African repetitions” and adviced the artists to listen to his own mid-nineteen century compositions.

Not much have changed since then as electronic music that doesnt adopt the musical conventions of either pop or avantgarde is still stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Sweden that has a reputation of supporting their artists are a good example of that. The Swedish government founding of music is aimed at conventional art, folk and avantgarde music. All other types of music for example techno, punk or Skweee is supposed to be founded by the music industry (and to a lesser degree through study circles, a model that doesnt fit the electronic scene where most of the music is being made by individuals in their bedrooms). The result of that is that experimental musicians in Sweden today either have to look for an alternative source of income or adopt the nostalgic convetions of music founded by the pop-industry or the government.

We at Basbotten belives that the definitions of groundbreaking music is not up to date. The Post-African Repetitionism series is therefore aimed at moving ahead by doing the opposite of what Stockhausen suggests (hence the cover with the composer being put upside down) while neither adapt to the conventions of Pop. We don’t share the perspective that music that it is possible to dance to automatically is less developed (a perspective that comes to the surface in the paradox of terms like IDM) and we are not ashamed to be a part of a “so-called post-African” tradition of music.


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