Playing tracks by
Stephanie Sykes, Radio Slave, Drumcell, Tallmen 785, Jeremy Wang and more.
Patrick Gräser’s output as Answer Code Request tends to be limited to an average of one EP each year (barring his 2014 full-length Code), via either Ostgut Ton or the closely affiliated MDR. It’s a useful window into the music inspiring him, a barometer that gives some indication of where he’s at; however, invariably they all fall within the realm of ambient techno, the labors of a producer widely celebrated for his freeform approach to rhythm construction and complex textures.
It's a sentiment projected over the majority of Neume. The lurching, off-kilter patterns of "Meta" sound almost 2-step-like, banging with the gusto of a tenor drummer. After letting the beats do the talking for a while, Gräser smudges them out with a spectral, diluted high-end. The broken kick in "Vis" is even looser, though shuffling hats and a firm bassline give it real momentum around its melancholic synths.