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Rhythm & Sound is a contemporary dub project initiated and produced by Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, originated in 1996 in Berlin, Germany. Amongst other Oswald and Ernestus aliases is Basic Channel and they run a label under the same name, which upon closure in 1995 was followed by the infamous Chain Reaction.

One of several anonymous projects linked to the mysterious Berlin dub-techno duo Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, Rhythm & Sound released a series of 10” records on Burial Mix and 12” records on Rhythm & Sound, both labels part of the Basic Channel group.

Von Oswald and Ernestus’ Rhythm & Sound recordings are much more dub-influenced and less techno-orientated than the duo’s previous, and more legendary, dub-techno recordings as Basic Channel and Maurizio. Where those earlier recordings synthesized a Detroit-influenced style of minimal techno with dub-reggae bass lines, the late-’90s Rhythm & Sound productions emphasized the dub-reggae aesthetic rather than the more dancefloor-orientated techno sound of the early-’90s Basic Channel and Maurizio recordings. Thus, the Rhythm & Sound records, which often featured reggae vocalist Paul St. Hilaire, weren’t quite as popular or well-known as the duo’s Basic Channel recordings, which instead retained their popularity over the years, becoming quite legendary and oft-cited within the techno scene.

Nonetheless, von Oswald and Ernestus’ Rhythm & Sound work prevailed into the early 2000s, being compiled on two listener-friendly CDs, Showcase and Rhythm & Sound.


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  • m1a100

    I'm obsessed with their 90s 12" releases.

    6 Apr 2:57pm Reply
  • jazuki


    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • jjjjjjjjjjjjonj

    haven't listened to Rhythm & Sound in a minute. It's funny how you can remember the music so differently than how it really sounds! Or maybe it sounded differently, i perceived it differently, back then?

    8 Dec 2014 Reply

    Some of the best stuff I've heard in a while

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • bugsonglass

    Yeah, pretty much. What more is there to add?

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • otsukaretimu

    These guys have a perfect discography. There's no need to release anything new.

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    вот таким и должен быть современный даб, без всякого оверпродюссинга и прочего говна

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • unrevu

    top notch

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • v11v11v

    Maybe in the next life. Or another life. Not this one though.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Janekman


    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • otsukaretimu

    I agree with Alec. This and Moritz Von Oswald Trio, I could just sit and listen to all day.

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • Tranceroute

    chilling, smoking music

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    The pinnacle of electronic music.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Illitoris


    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Sylvanas

    Dat photo. Antonio Banderas and a zombie.

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • livingwithope


    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • boehj

    all the 12-inchers are available as downloads from boomkat now. get on it! (basic channel 12-inchers too.)

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • drthatguy

    most subtle use of bass in music i've ever heard. truly unique one does it quiiiite like them imo

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • boehj

    'w/ the artists' is now available on vinyl from boomkat for the first time in a while.

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • adamreith

    so deep

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
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