Aside from the work of a few Berlin-based acts, the most interesting minimal music is being made outside Europe's top clubbing centres. Artists from the Frankfurt area, which is also home to crews like Traffic, Pager Records and Gosu, inject rich melody into streamlined tracks, which give them a charisma not present in tougher tunes. The same goes for L'Albüm, where melody entwines with oddball sounds. On "Track34," whistling synths run against a hip-hop vocal on the right side of kitsch, while the intense shuffle of "Katushka"s percussion is punctuated by bird calls. "The North"—not much more than a cowbell, heavily swinging drums and a droning bassline—is the LP's top party rocker. There's a wacky streak running through L'Albüm, where slick drums are paired with sounds cooked up by a pair seemingly having fun.
But there are moments of seriousness. "Macright," the only track given a full side of vinyl, has the most moving parts. A synth hums underneath ascending chords while a bassline zaps and percussion pans from side-to-side. The bleeps turn musical, especially when they're piled on after a snazzy breakdown at the track's midpoint. Like the rest of L'Albüm, this is hypnotic music with a special charm.