Sunday, January 24, 2010

Al Chem - Something To Remember The Noughties By

It's taken a while for the magical powers of Berlin's Al Chem to enchant me - but the spell is finally working. The dubtronica folky evokes memories of 'The Man In The Black Sedan' by Snakefinger (1983) with 'No Hopper', a track that first surfaced on a Tummy Touch compilation back in 2004. Also recording as Alexander Christou, not a lot seems to have been released under his Chem guise. 'No Hopper' resurfaced on Tummy Touch honcho Tim Love Lee's set for the Coming Home series in '07 but the only other Chem to be got at that time was 'The Ladder Of Perfection' on the Berlin Insane lll comp (which also featured Marc Almond, Taylor Savvy and Whitey amongst other artistes that are too odd to garner wide attention). But listening to'No Hopper' now, it seems perfectly suited to the psyBalearic disco sounds that are currently circulating in the cosmos. Listen, watch, listen again...

'No Hopper' - Al Chem:

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