In their debut collaboration, Nerk and P. Kirn have created two tracks fed by the murky underground Berlin afterhours scene. Brimming with analog sound that’s been meticulously edited into digital compositions, call it IRM – intelligent rave music. Coupling two of Berlin’s best-known music technology writers, it has all the sonic effect you’d expect, but in sounds that are warm and dirty, dancefloor grooves with cinematic arrangements.”Hugo” is a nervously-energetic abstract dance opus, synthesized percussion ringing out above the thick drones of an MS-20. As it reaches full tilt, it clangs and buzzes gleefully before a surprising electronic glitch of an ending.”Remnant” begins with brooding, cavernous drum sounds, and stays shadowy throughout, while retaining the four-on-the-floor pulse. Just wait for those dark pads to swell into a more celebratory hybrid arpeggio, a crisp melody blending piano colors with a Juno-106.
Video from a gig at Mindpirates: