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Isolee Western Store Review

EP. Released 2006.  

BBC Review

Rajko Müller is something of an outsider. His music leaves spaced out vapour trails...

Paul Sullivan 2006

Germany's Rajko Müller is something of an outsider; a loner who prefers to find his own way to the groove rather than ask strangers - or even friends - for help.

Known primarily for his unlikely "Beau Mot Plage" anthem back in 1999 (plus a further flurry of oddly compelling dub-house-techno hybrids), Western Store aims to enlarge our understanding of Müllers kaleidoscopic vision by stringing together some of his previously released (vinyl-only) singles.

Opening with the off kilter rhythms of "Bleu", his maze-like structures unfurl organically in all directions at once, leaving spaced out vapour trails of dub-weighted basslines, alien bleeps and spastic rhythms.

Tracks such as the lush "Initiate II", the eerily tribal "Rocker", the laid back "Monitor" and the impressively ambitious "Lost" create a series of phantasmagorical shapes that reveal a universe of influences and a captivating micro-world of detail.

To his eternal credit, the collection sounds more like the missing link between Isolee's debut album Rest and the more recent We Are Monsters than a singles collection.

The only dubious inclusion is Freeform Five's world music remix of "Beau Mot Plage" a solid track, but not as spine-tingling as the original.

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