Out of all different guises of Finnish techno visionary Vladislav Delay, the music produced under his original one was the most concise. While he produced some good club tunes under the Luomo and Uusitalo monikers, his trilogy of albums on German labels as Vladislav Delay was his best period. It started with "Multila? on Berlin?s Chain Reaction label and ended with the "Anima? and ?Entain? releases on the defunct Mille Plateaux imprint.
Luckily enough, Delay decided to re-release "Multila? on his own Huume label. Originally released in 2000, "Multila? soon became a classic minimal dub techno release. Other than many other dub influenced techno producers, Delay never limited himself to using lots of delay effects, but approached dub reggae from another angle. Here, the dub influences are hidden behind thick curtains of fog. All seven tracks of "Multila? slowly shift back and forth, there?s hardly any movement and time and space lose meaning. To some people, it might sound boring, but there?s just too much to discover in Delay?s tracks to call them boring. His tracks hardly ever follow simple patterns. There?s no gradual layering, no verse, no chorus, just soothing sound fog, some crackles here and there and the four to the floor bass drum on a few tracks.
"Multila? brings back almost nostalgic feelings to the time when the Mille Plateaux, Raster Noton, Basic Channel and Chain Reaction labels were the shit. An album like "Multila? is totally timeless and sounds as fresh today as it did in 2000. Actually, the same goes for most other releases on the aforementioned labels. Anyhow, before digging into today?s inflationary minmal release schedule, it may be worth checking out "Multila?. 8/10 -- Stephan Bauer (8 January, 2008)