As one half of the Berlin-based electronic outfit, The Elecdrones, Alexander Christou has been making music since the early 80’s. Creating a sound from a formula he has described on The Elecdrones Bandcamp page as, simple structures, simple beats, coincidence, dedication to the flow, Christou has taken this template and recently embarked on a new project, recording under the moniker Al Chem.
As Al Chem, he has released on Tummy Touch Records, and now follows with a collection of electronic dub meditations recorded between 2000 and 2005 on his latest album, Weird Fiction, which was released two days ago via UK’s Art Yard Records.
First track No Hopper is a reworking of a Ras Michael tune No Hoppers, taken from his 1989, LP Rastafari Dub. I love the way Al Chem has maintained the essence of the original with its dark dub undertones, but his rendition has transported the song into a hazy realm with his dreamy and hypnotic vocals echoing across a mesmerising tribal beat. The video was produced by Andy Mafi and is the perfect accompaniment, watch it above and you’ll see what I mean.
Weird Fiction is now available and can be purchased from Al Chem’s Bandcamp page here.
Listen to the original below.