They took their sweet time about it, but four years on from their breakout mixtape AS Live [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] Berlin-based duo Amnesia Scanner have delivered their debut LP. Another Life is, of course, a record as brilliant as it is difficult to pin down. The pair’s sound has always been a helter-skelter mix of genres glued onto an industrial-techno chassis, and with the dozen tracks of this record they draw on everything from chopped-and-screwed tapes to trance. Pan Daijing guests on two tunes.
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I was just about ready to fetch a pipe and slippers and retire to an old people's home after listening to Amnesia Scanner’s ‘Another Life’ for the first time. An album bursting with so much fresh, youthful energy and ideas that it made me feel positively ancient. I’m starting to get my head around it a wee bit more after repeated plays, but it certainly is a hyperactive rush of creativity and technology. At times it’s like rapidly surfing through a zillion radio stations at once - somewhere in the future. Some of the characters that inhabit the album appear to be AI and at times they recall Peter Christopherson and Ivan Pavlov's experiments in synthesized speech as SoiSong or Chris Carter’s recent similar explorations. There are also for sure some actual real human beings on here - label mate Pan Daijing makes an appearance.
There’s so much happening on this album it’s overloading my melting brain and is almost impossible to know where to begin... Think of a huge melting pot that encompasses elements of SOPHIE’s futuristic pop, Terrah Danjah gremlin grime, Lorenzo Senni’s trance revisions, GAIKA’s refreshing vision of dancehall, flashes of ecstatic, ridiculous and deranged Prodigy/Pendulum style arena dance rock and so much more. It’s quite a ride with peaks and troughs of doom and pleasure - all rendered in glorious high definition.
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