Wednesday, April 11, 2012
ssg special - Frak
Frak are not exactly newcomers. They've been making music for 25+ years, it just seems that many of us have not been aware of it. And shame on us! Based on their 2012 output it is pretty clear Frak have lots of talent and are doing some very interesting things. It has taken the "Muzika Electronic" LP on Digitalis, and now the "Triffid Gossip" EP on Kontra Musik's new sub-label for us to wake up to Frak. Their music on these two records stands in stark contrast to much of the same conformity that dominates contemporary techno. 'Triffid Gossip" is wild, raw and overflowing with personality. It does not sound like it was made for Ben Klock to play at Berghain, and thank fuck for that. To get a better feel for what Frak are like, check this video of them playing at Inkonst, which is from the same performance as this recording is taken from:
We love this video. This is techno! It also got me thinking: Dopplereffekt and Frak both wear lab coats. And they both make awesome music. That might not be a coincidence. So my initial conclusion is that techno needs more people with lab coats. If you need further convincing, check out this ssg special, which is a recording of Frak's set at the "Triffid Gossip" release party a few weeks ago. We want more techno like this please.
ssg special - Frak
The "Triffid Gossip" EP on Kontra has been disappearing quickly, so I would suggest getting a copy while you can. If you want to check out more Frak, the best place to look is their label and online store, Börft Records. Their sub-label UFO Mongo has started a new series called 'Sythesator', which has some amazing music. For anyone in Malmö, on 18 May there will be a Börft Records 25 years celebration at Inkonst. And for the rest of us, I have a feeling it is time for us to all doing a lot of digging around Frak and Börft. Thanks to Frak and Ulf for the recording. Enjoy!