Mikkel Metal: Resemblance (Echocord, 2016)

March 22, 2016 at 12:16 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Mikkel Metal: Resemblance

Mikkel Metal: Resemblance

Mikkel Metal is best known for his records on Kompakt, but he’s actually released far more material on Echocord; this is his fourth album for the label. If you’re into Kompakt-style tech-house, you won’t have a problem getting into this one, though. Repetitive, hypnotic techno, but tracks like “YFO” and “Affirmation” have vaguely industrial/EBM-ish melodies which seem to waver and drift over the steady beats. A couple tracks have sinister voices drifting underneath, and some dubby effects. I can’t tell if this is done with a laptop or with hardware, but I’d guess hardware, it seems a little rough and loose and lo-fi. “Allowance of Ignorance” has a constant eerie, stuttering echo that makes it sounds like it’s vibrating down the hall. “Stronghold” starts out with one of the albums most forceful beats, but it seems to stargaze a bit once the melody comes in. “Quietly Calling” ends the album in a thick, dark pool of ambient techno fog.

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