M-nus Records 2008
13 Tracks. 89mins15secs
2008 has been a landmark year for Minus, celebrating a ten year anniversary. Started by Richie Hawtin as an outlet for his own projects, the label has come to embrace a small, focused clique of like-minded artists who plumb the dark (and sometimes sexy) depths of minimal techno. Being honest, Gaiser’s productions have never grabbed me as much as label mates Heartthrob and False. There’s a subtle, difficult difference between an expertly crafted minimal track, and a boring loop repeated for far too long. Jon Gaiser (don’t the cool ones always have the neatest last names?) certainly had potential, and singles like Egress displayed a knack for funky rhythms, if not the most innovative of evolutionary track structures – a must for anything 4/4 and minimal.
Blank Fade sees Gaiser kicking it up a notch, and is one of the best full-length albums under the M-nus label, sitting comfortably alongside False’s techno speedway, 2007. Continue Reading »