NIK BARTSCH’S RONIN – Live

(Tonus-Music)

Ronin keep their “search for the perfect groove” alive and kicking; and, in this Zürich and Bern recordings, they show to those who dare following their vision a lot of interesting developments in their already alluring style. With Bärtsch and friends there’s only no-nonsense patterns and a concrete fusion of different worlds: an esoteric beat can be used as a basic source to introduce complex bass/piano time signatures, while somewhere else shades of synthesized waves only nod to an almost total harmonic immobility. I dig a lot some repetitive Rhodes arpeggios, perfectly disposed in what could be a cross-pollination of Soft Machine and not-so-regular techno beats. The mix between an approach to well known idioms and the conscious effort to bring on a new way of playing hypnotical yet extremely technical figures is what actually separates Ronin from anyone I could think of right now.

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