The Quietus - A new rock music and pop culture website

Baker's Dozen

Energy Capture: Byetone's Favourite Albums
Christian Eede , June 8th, 2016 08:39

The producer and co-founder of Raster-Noton talks Christian Eede through a "rock-oriented" selection of his favourite records as the pioneering German electronic music label celebrate two decades of operations


Jan Jelinek – Loop-finding-jazz-records
I really like him as a person and he is obviously such a talented musician. This record was a form of 'hit' locally in Berlin so you would hear it in a lot of cafés. Jan never tried to repeat this record too much or completely use the same sounds. He always followed his own path and you can hear in this record that he had the potential to become a relative star in this music but he didn't choose that option.

How he brings the elements together of techno, minimal, house and other sounds on this record is what I respect most. I feel like this is one of the best albums to make techno music for listening outside of clubs, too, so people could listen to it at home. It's not techno for the club. It has more of a relaxed atmosphere and a more chilled take on dub techno. Jan just created this music on his headphones and did it his own way.

He did his music and then he moved onto working differently and you can hear that in his Farben material too. To me, he is a complete musician and someone that's not interested in the business of it all. He started working with modular systems so early, then this album is sample-based and then, only shortly after that, he removed all his equipment and tried something totally new. To this day, I cannot stop listening to this record.