Move D & Benjamin Brunn: Songs from the Beehive

Smallville, 2008

Songs from the Beehive cover

Move D is a producer whose music is all over the map. His classic album Kunststoff was a late example of “intelligent” techno, while his recent Workshop releases seem inspired by Detroit house. His three BineMusic albums (including another collaboration with Brunn) are generally dubby and downtempo, while his recent Modern Love 12″ is dubby and uptempo. As much as I appreciate David Moufang’s willingness to experiment, he may be a little too prolific. Songs from the Beehive has some pleasant moments, but overall it seems too safe.

“Love the One You’re With” is slow-building dub house, with reverberating chords joining a pair of short vocal samples. Eventually other parts of the sampled sentence are revealed, and a kickdrum is added. I keep hoping for a little more melody. “Velvet Paws” is the best track here with changing, analogue-sounding synths and dense percussion. Unfortunately, it all disintegrates in an overly drawn-out ending. “Honey” is a hypnotic house track with acid pulses, but its thirteen-minute length seems excessive. “Like a Restless Sea” is loopy with a repeating spoken phrase and trippy electronic bloops. Next to the epic durations of the previous three tracks, six minutes seems like an interlude. “Come In” is dark and strange, while “Mothercorn” is warm and noodly. Finally “Radar” is a twenty minute journey. It begins with long notes and glitchy, clicking sounds which are joined by a steady beat and echoing chords. It ends with random reverberating bleeps.

I really want to like this album, but I feel that something is missing. These tracks tend to sink into the background, lacking distinctive sounds to grab on to. They feel like summaries of more daring dance records. This album would probably be good for cooling down after a night of clubbing, but it falls short of earning a place on my iPod for day-to-day listening.

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  1. I was hoping this CD would be a great one, regardless I still have to check it out because the artwork is great and Move D is at the top of my list!
    good review though

  2. There’s been a few releases lately with super colorful covers… the mole cd comes to mind… reminds me of the late 80s/early 90s palette…

  3. Though I haven’t heard this myself, I had high hopes for it as well since I have really enjoyed their collaborations on the Binemusic label. Have you checked those out? Highly recommended.

  4. I have the Binemusic ones. I think if you liked them you’ll like this one, since it’s quite similar. Some nice moments, but overall I found them a bit bland.

  5. I think I’ll pass then. You only need so much of a certain sound. I’ll save my weak dollar for different sounds 😉

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