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- Acid Reign by Huoratron
7/10 Robin Staff review, 21 August 2014
The album art for Huoratron’s ‘Acid Reign’ EP resembles the bizarre 3D rendered art Daniel Lopatin has become interested in scoring his music to as Oneohtrix Point Never, which is odd, since Aku Raski is kind of the anti-Oneohtrix.
‘Acid Reign’ is like listening to a chewed-up, pulled apart remake of the entire EDM genre. It’s given the same whirring, full-force ahead sound with the same constant hints at climax, but all that is occasionally disregarded by Raski for random snippets of chiptune-like sound, dial-up error noises and modulated screams. That’s what makes the record’s title track engrossing: the feeling that the dance vibe is constantly being killed in favour of gritty noise blasts.
Unfortunately, the tracks that comprise the flip side feel more dedicated to the party, Raski only interrupting climaxes by giving the crowd what they want. With his steady, surprisingly calm beats and bombastic array of house tricks and samples, “Dos” and “Pioneers of Nothing” make for pretty conventional club jams, which is okay, if completely lost in translation. I like it best when ‘Acid Reign’ abstains from making you feel good.
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