Christoph De Babalon's darkside masterpiece finally back in print...
Christoph De Babalon was a key member of Germany’s mutant splinter cells who fused UK rave music with more experimental, Teutonic techno, Ambient and hardedge politics to brutal effect during the mid-late ‘90s. 21 years later, this music has patently withstood the test of time, distinguished by a haunting atmospheric pallor and ruffneck way with Jungle that still makes us feel just as clammy and psychotic as when we first heard it (most likely on a trip to Berlin or via Christoph Fringeli’s invaluable C8 database).
For us, If You’re Into It, I’m Out Of It really distills a feeling of that era, as the utopian outlook of rave’s early years had evidently given way to something much darker, more maudlin, perhaps symptomatic of ennui with dance music’s hyper-commercial land grab, or even a pre-echo of pre millennial tension.
If You’re Into It, I’m Out Of It therefore feels torn between extreme states. On one hand it goes harder than the rest in killer rave moves such as the hardcore rattler Dead (Too), the epic amen + drone blow-out My Confession, or his cutthroat beast Water. But on the other, he goes darker, more haunting than the rest of his field with remarkable cuts such as the 15 minutes of billowing dark ambience that open the LP in Opium, or with the sublime, Gas-like suspension system of Brilliance, and the funereal, bombed-out bliss of High Life (Theme).
With his debut album proper, De Babalon effectively plotted out terrain that bridged DJ Scud’s rugged jungle breakcore with soundscaping more commonly associated to Thomas Köner or Deathprod, and in the process set the ground for myriad contemporary producers and sounds ranging from Raime and Blackest Ever Black to Demdike Stare, Pessimisst and beyond. If You’re Into It, I’m Out of It was, and still is, a deadly statement of intent, whose rhetoric and aesthetic still strongly resonate with subcultural concerns in 2018.
C L A S S I C
- 1 Opium 2:00 Christoph De Babalon
- 2 Nostep 2:00 Christoph De Babalon
- 3 Expressure 2:00 Christoph De Babalon
- 4 What You Call A Life 2:00 Christoph De Babalon
- 5 Water 2:00 Christoph De Babalon
- 6 Brilliance 2:00 Christoph De Babalon
- 7 Dead (Too) 2:00 Christoph De Babalon
- 8 Damaged III 2:00 Christoph De Babalon
- 9 Release 2:00 Christoph De Babalon
- 10 High Life (Theme) 2:00 Christoph De Babalon
- 11 My Confession 2:00 Christoph De Babalon