According to Ital, things are about to get psychedelic -- whatever that's supposed to mean. The important thing is that he's done releasing EPs and is delivering his first full-length, the ominously titled 'Endgame'. According to Ital himself, the record is something of a dancefloor horror flick, working with warm, welcoming electronic tones before going to gruesome, reverb-drenched places that leave the listener insecure. Ital's minimal arrangements make 'Endgame' sparse and uneasy. Dark techno? What next?
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Now it has just occurred to me that some people may get confused by all this Ital business and a few may even assume this is the same guy as Ital Tek who has released a monster four albums for the same label in a more post-jungle/dubstep vein. Well no, that is a guy called Alan from Brighton, this is the chameleonic American wonder that is from now on known simply as DMM. He's done time in post-hardcore bands and even took a previous krautrock inspired project into thumping club-friendly realms. His Sex Worker project was delightfully seamy and weird but under his Ital guise he's finally coming alive as an accomplished electronica boffin more than worth your precious time.
It's the first album by him under this guise that I've checked out properly and I find 'Endgame' to be a fairly seductive bugger if not a little dark, moody and serpentine. Essentially a collection of atmosphere-saturated back-room techno for the more cerebrally inclined clubber/sofasurfer, it's quite a trippy psychedelic journey without trying to hard. He drops in these strange shimmering and ricocheting filters and effects keeps the pace at just around the right BPM count throughout. Nothing mogadon slow nor too hyper although there are a couple of ambient style pieces. Really enjoying the feel of this one, I get an inkling he's finally found his niche after previously emulating others. Good quality stuff for such a legendary electronic stable.
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