‘Biokinetics’ is the monumental debut album by seminal German dub techno innovators Porter Ricks, the legendary duo consisting of Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig.
Originally released as a CD-only project in 1996, the album is centered around the pioneering duo’s first three singles for Basic Channel subsidiary Chain Reaction (also home to illustrious contemporaries like Monolake, Fluxion and Vainqueur) and still stands as one of the defining moments in dub techno twenty-five years later.
Merely calling this groundbreaking masterpiece a dub techno album doesn’t do it justice, though. Köner and Mellwig take the fabric of the aesthetic spun by Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus and morph it into something else completely – a thick, dense and ridiculously detailed amalgam of pulsating techno, fully saturated ambient soundscapes that somehow sound entirely organic and mind-altering psychedelic drone.
Twenty-five years on ‘Biokinetics’ (a term that refers both to the study of the metabolism and transport of drugs through the body and the study of physical motions) still stands as one of the most important achievements in electronic music and certainly hasn’t lost any of its awesome power. Essential listening for everyone even remotely interested in modern electronic music.
- 1. Port Gentil RICKS, Porter 1:00
- 2. Nautical Dub RICKS, Porter 1:01
- 3. Biokinetics 1 RICKS, Porter 0:59
- 4. Biokinetics 2 RICKS, Porter 1:00
- 5. Port Of Call RICKS, Porter 1:00
- 6. Port Of Nuba RICKS, Porter 1:01
- 7. Nautical Nuba RICKS, Porter 1:00
- 8. Nautical Zone RICKS, Porter 1:00