Mikron are a production duo who are also a family duo, being two brothers. Warning Score is made up of big bass-wobbly dancefloor tunes with hooks that can’t help but lodge in your head. Although some tracks have an IDM feel, melody is always at the forefront. 4 track 12” or 9 track CD, on Central Processing Unit.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 11 March 2016
A rare full album appearance from CPU here, featuring the music of Mikron, who released their vinyl debut 12” Sleep Paralysis last year on the Sheffield label. So defined is CPU’s overall sound that fans of their output so far will not be let down, you’ve still got the 80s electro feel, all sleek and pristinely mixed to modern dance standards. Dreamy neon beams of melody collide with technicolour chords to take u 2 XTC, the perfect accompaniment to the driving processed drum machines. Beat-wise, you’ve got some straight 4x4 techno things of course, but are treated to many a broken beat and, during these more acidic moments, even the odd 303-esque synth. I know, the 303 isn’t a beat, but if it was, I’d be so up for watching an acid version of Whiplash where Andrew gets a chair thrown at him for messing up a filter sweep.
Back to the dream haze of Warning Score, where the British-born Australia-dwelling duo are piling 8-bit inspired beats onto percussive basslines in a fit of fun. That’s the key here, I think - this record is propulsive for almost the whole duration, giving plenty for footwagglers and headnodders worldwide to appreciate. Take note aspiring DJs. The islands of more chilled or leftfield music are far from token ambient schmooze, too. Listen to ‘Perspective’ and be treated to the sound of your laptop ballroom dancing with your boss’s printer. It’s spooky but kinda beautiful. So yes, all of you rabid CPU fans, poise yourselves to pounce on this one.
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