Robert Babiczâ€™s productions and remixes spanning the past decade have made increasingly impressive ripples in the gigantic pond known as German techno â€“ moreso, I am inclined to believe, than his work in the days of â€˜trueâ€™ acid house. I am unable to accurately estimate the number of times that I have played out Joris Voornâ€™s remix of Babiczâ€™s â€œDark Flowerâ€ (quite the lovely track in its own right), and Babiczâ€™s Disco Universum remix of Gui Borattoâ€™s Mr. Decay is another personal favorite of mine.
That having been said, â€œPink Treesâ€ took a bit longer for me to appreciate. Its deeper, darker underbelly slowly churns beneath a likewise brooding tempo; as such, its eight-and-a-half minute duration is necessary for the full melody to realize itself. The synthesizers are the only part of the track that notably evolve into deeper and sexy techno; I imagine this singular quality makes the track a most essential addition to the earliest parts of any contemporary set. Grinding along at a modest rate with a likewise modest melody, â€œPink Treesâ€ appears to have been produced with the intention of precluding tracks that hit harder without sacrificing the musical integrity upon which Babicz has built his reputation.
â€œPercofonik,â€ the EPâ€™s second track, is an astonishingly fresh tune with unrelenting bass and tantalizing brushes with tribal percussion. It deftly skims the opposing side of â€˜German technoâ€™ and comes as a true surprise on this release given the nature of the first track. Babiczâ€™s second production makes use of the same type of gnarled and rousing bass that propels â€œPink Treesâ€ through its Herculean eight plus minutes of playtime; its density and wavelength, however, are substantially increased. This suggests to me that â€œPercofonikâ€ may well fit more aptly amongst tracks with higher octane than contemplative techno tracks usually incorporate. In my mind, â€œPercofonikâ€ is a fitting – if somewhat eclectic and funky – complement to its partner production, and whose constituent attributes promote its inclusion amongst styles ranging from deep house to tech house and beyond.