Originally released in the early nineties, Leo Anibaldi's 'Muta', is an odd, atmospheric adventure in warped electronica, dark ambient and post-industrial techno. The reissue brings the strangely cinematic material up to modern audio standards, polishing the woozy soundscapes and frenetic beats for modern ears.
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In a career spanning some twenty-six years, Italian techno legend Leo Anibaldi has released tons of 12”s but only made three albums. His second, ‘Muta’ was originally released on ACV way back in 1993 -- three years before his amazing ‘Void’ album came out on Rephlex. Widely regarded as a classic and long out of print, electronique.it has kicked off a new imprint called Lost In It for this much-needed vinyl reissue. I’ve not heard this album in a very long time but listening now, it’s easy to hear why Aphex Twin / Rephlex would pick him up for the follow up…
The first tune is an infectious, eerie, slow-moving industrial hip-hop like creeper with skeletal drums and apparition-like vocals, and still sounds great 24 years down the line. Then we get the trippy/zoned ominous dark ambient soundscapes, doomy sub-bass and phantom-like howls of the second cut, before the shadowy, black hole techno/electro mutant which follows. Twilight sound design and a spiralling TB-303 propel the fourth untitled track in classic early 90’s acid techno mode - think The Kosmik Kommando’s ‘Macrocosm’ from the same year. A Whispered vocal and whistles carry the dream-like Artificial Intelligence flavoured electronica of the next tune. Then we get some juddering drums and hypnotic, slowly simmering acid. Then the tempo increases for a high-octane, driving acid pounder complete with subtle futuristic sounds lurking in the distance. The final cut is a proper head-nodder that moves with a particularly satisfying 303 bassline, sparse/crisp drums and is animated with avian-like chirping melodies.
‘Muta’ sounds both of its time and futuristic at the same time - basically, this is what we thought 2017 would sound like back in 1993. Great to see this made available once again with original artwork and mastering and pressed on 180g wax.
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