Fear-E: Mechanical Music for Brighter Days (Dark Entries, 2021)

September 6, 2021 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Fear-E: Mechanical Music for Brighter Days

Glasgow’s Fear-E provides music to cruise down a neon-lit motorway into a brighter tomorrow. The techno tracks are strong and functional, with “Escape From the Hive” having a buzzy rave edge to it and “New Cycles” providing some Axis/M-Plant-style energy. But the electro tracks are where he truly excels. “D10S” glides down the fast lane with snapping snares and arpeggiated horsepower, with micro-edits and DJ tricknology ensuring that the track never settles into autopilot. “Gladiator Rhythm” is a galactic sprint which splashes a drop of lush house vocals into the spin cycle. There’s also some pounding, squiggly acid with “Tinfoil Hat”, which has a delightful way of sounding both spontaneous and tightly focused.

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