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Adept crankiness, intellect and humor: together these three guarantee manufactur’s collective and indidudual virtuosity, their awareness of style and preciseness and latently gone mad musical mixture not becoming pathological.

Reggae leftovers, bleeping space-music, laid back rock drumming, sophisticated bass playing, Jazz, virtuoso trumpet babble, modernistic electronics, danceables next to almost songlike structures. Post-fusion from the Never-Ever-Lounge with enough substantial stability to manoeuvre this crossover safely around the cliffs of the cliché. Monotony and free flow, repetition and action in perpetual change.

Dominik Burkhalter’s distinct, complex drumming throbs and clicks along in steady dialogue with Oli Kuster's electronic paraphernalia, while bassplayer Urban Lienert is drawing dots and dashes between them. A respirating, 3-dimensional sound-and-rhythm-corpus, on which Hasler’s trumpet easily moves between melancholy and outbursts; truly playful, with a flimsy premonition of a profiteable coolness slightly recollecting Mark Isham’s lyrical dispassion.

So no exsanguinous popjazzing here or anything like it - and certainly not a front-horn with sidemen: manufactur are a BAND! Doubtlessly and in each and every second.

ROLF JÄGER (shorted version)

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