The Chilean-born, UK-raised producer continues his work to breathe life into techno and meticulously break down the division between texture and rhythm.
If the grid is what gives techno its shape and its structure, then resisting the grid—warping its contours, cheating its grip, slipping through hidden cracks—is what gives techno its life. Syncopation, flux, slippage: These are all strategies for escaping the rigidity of the too-perfect beat, and all of these escape hatches have long been at the center of Cristian Vogel’s work. The Chilean-born, UK-raised producer has spent his entire career teasing out a fundamental contradiction: Repetition is both techno’s defining feature and its Achilles’ heel. (more on http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22303-the-assistenz/ )