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- Flektro by MNLTH
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 12 March 2015
You would be mistaken if you thought that Dave Monolith was pandering to the trendies with the vowel-less take on his usual moniker - the binary catalogue numbers on the CPU releases show where his real loyalties lie. Machines over douchebags any day.
Machines abound on this one - hazy synths combine with acid bass and processed 808s and beyond, usually playing at a pretty frantic pace, particularly on the first side. It’s something that you’d generally expect from someone who has released on Rephlex, but it isn’t as ‘IDM’ as Luke Vibert and nowhere near as weird as the AFX. So it basically sits in that place where the recent Ceephax usually reclines, probably that power station he frolicked about in the video for ‘National Grid’. Flektro is quite an apt name, the 12” constantly flirting with obvious electro stylings but buttressed by drippy resonant synth lines and a healthy dollop of reverb.
The emphasis on melody is apparent by now, with the first track acting as the mission statement for the whole release. Arp-based electro with mad acid and ponderous tinges. It starts chordlike and grand, with some voices eventually whispering sweet somethings, before descending into a bonkers synth loop. Recommended for all who like their dance music intense, mad and melodic.
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