The Modernist

Explosion is the first US full-length album from Jörg Burger, one of the leading lights of the influential Cologne minimalist techno school. Jörg was officially introduced to the US market by Matador a couple years back with his collaboration with Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Mike Ink, entitled Las Vegas, under the moniker burger/ink. That collaborative effort is rumored to be preparing new material by the end of 2000 as well. In the meantime, we’re glad to welcome "The Modernist" to the mix.

Explosion explores Burger’s drift towards the melodic minimalism and fractal arrangements of some of his Cologne cohorts. Compositions like "Victor Ludorum" and "Global Entertainment’s" building/shifting haus progressions carry their own inertia as they hypnotically build to their throbbing conclusions, both delightful and disorienting. Burger doesn’t completely abandon his acoustic/electro experiments, as displayed with the plaintive "Manson Soup." Elegant guitar lines mingle with pulsing sequencers for a melancholic groove reminiscent of his work with burger/ink.

Released in Germany in December 1999, the US version of Explosion has new artwork and, more importantly, three new tracks especially prepared for this release. The original versions of last year’s excellent singles, "Architainment" and "Mrs. New Deal," are contained herein as well. Plans are in the works to have Jörg play his first US dates around the release of Explosion.
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