This is a compliation of pieces which have appeared under the names Stereoprimer and A is for Algorithm, which at first glance appears to be a split album. A look at Stereoprimer?s website clears this point up? or maybe I?m just getting pulled a little further into some deliberate confusion?
The tracks on the album which are straight ahead instrumental electronica are among the most enjoyable I?ve heard from that area recently. There are several extra dimensions here too. A sense of whimsy prevails in pieces like "Flumpsicle," a surefire winner for fans of cult tv programmes of the past, as it samples material from The Flumps (I know, that was a somewhat superfluous explanation on my part, as the track is called "Flumpsicle!"). Then there are the cut-up pieces, which steer a line somewhere between Lumpy Gravy era Frank Zappa and hip-hop.
I?m sure I detect a fondness for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and ?70s library music in some of these pieces too.
At just over 75 minutes, this album offers a generous selection of material and enough variety that it never palls into the boring or bland areas which are, to my ears, often the curse of electronic music. I welcome it warmly. 8/10 -- John Cavanagh (15 April, 2008)