Posted by: Dominic Umile | 12/03/2009

Published Elsewhere: Applescal

Alongside the other playful and overtly splashy releases from the Traum label in recent months, new producer Applescal is a force. Born Pascal Terstappen, Applescal executes his abstract techno with discernible influences who linger in the acid-washed minimal corners of the genre (James Holden, et al.). A Slave’s Commitment reflects an interest in progressive house/techno productions as well as gauzy midtempo electronic. These productions are fitted with lots of development, jumping from jittery glitch to gentle, washed-out psyche, to hard dance music. Read the rest of my review of Applescal’s album at PopMatters.



  1. I’ve been listening to Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 as recommended by Tom Moon in his book 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. I like unproblematic contradictions, like Strut’s Disco Not Disco comp. Techno Not Techno falls into that catagory as well.

  2. Thanks a lot for contributing (again), Joey — and thanks for reading. I don’t have either of those comps, and would love to check them both out. Love the Aphex pick; I was just listening to the Richard D. James album on a recent Sunday morning, actually. Check in again over the coming week here for my favorite electronic releases for 2009. Edit: I HAVE the disco comp. Gotta get that Techno Not Techno one. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. The Techno Not Techno one doesn’t exist, but I bet you could do an expert compilation on it. It was just a sort of comment on both the Applescal and the Aphex Twin recordings.

  4. Heh…Oh. I. See. Now I feel like a dolt. YOU should make ME a compilation. Like the old days, man.

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