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The reliable Trensmat this week follow their recent techno-bangin’ Gnod 12” with this lengthy debut EP from The 15 Dead Minutes, a trio whose “post-electro, nu-tech-industrial sound aesthetic” (says the press release) had up until now only been experienced live. Unsurprisingly, then, this doesn’t really sound like a debut release. The propulsive, pacey tech-tronic blast of ‘The Runway’ is a slick and impressive start, but things really start to warm up on the twisted acid techno hypno bounce of ‘Children Of The 303’, with the eponymous machine taking centre stage over a juddering industrial beat, the panicked tweak-loops made all the more unsettling by sporadic cut-up samples of children laughing. Ace.
Flip it and ‘Fibril’ maintains some of these acid elements but they’re much more understated...and no sooner do I type that than a bonkers 303 loop blurts in forcing me to eat my words. It’s quite dark, dystopian and mechanical compared to the previous track, like a giant robot stomping unstoppably across swathes of countryside in the dead of night. Then to round things off there’s ‘Internal Dialogue’, which is cheekily glitch-laden and has some fun dynamic drops and clever synth-twiddling that’s both fun and impressive. If you’re into Ceephax, EOD, Lindstrom, and even Gnod’s techno-based material, you really should hear this!
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