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Abstract Polygon / Mad EP

"Deselect MindBox / Mavoo's 3rd Day of 2nd Grade" split EP

Tribal Treble Records

Genres: techno, hardcore techno

Tribal Treble
Attn: Dez
20-479 Ainslie St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3J 3A1 Canada

Jun 16 - 22 2003

Just you wait.  One day, Abstract Polygon is going to be a internationally renowned electronic artist and Mad EP is going to be held amongst the modern techno greats like Venetian Snares and Kid 606.  If this split EP, the debut release for the new Canadian (yay!) Tribal Treble label, is anything to go by, then we've got a lot to look forward to in the future.

First off we've got eight tracks by Abstract Polygon, which range from slower material to more hardcore stuff.  Gems like the cracked jazz of "Naughty Scatterplot" (think Peshay) and the slippery hardcore of "Microdot" are enough to appease any techno fan.  Add to that the simplistically powerful "Snaer" and you've got yourself one of the best debut techno EPs in recent history.

By now you should already be willing to shell out the ten bucks for the eight tracks Abstract Polygon offers -- but wait, there's more!  This is a split EP, remember?  As if the first eight tracks weren't enough to quench your thirst for beats, Mad EP takes us the rest of the way with ten slabs of violated hardcore, just the way you like it.  

A classical cellist of 14 years (check out his contribution to Venetian Snares' "Stamina"), Mad EP's ten tracks prove that his musical talents aren't cello-specific, because man can he spin off some pure insanity.  Take a look at "Rumble Bun Bounce," which cuts up a bunch of assorted sound clips (can you spot the South Park clip?), adds rhythm, and results in a dose of fried techno mayhem.    Meanwhile, "Asphyxiated Dancer" is a funky bit of danceable electronica, and the remix of "Wasted Time" is pure Kid 606-style hardcore cut-up bliss.

Flat out, this is a delicious couple of EPs available on one 70 minute plus CD.  If you're up for some new, cutting-edge techno, then give this a try.  Heck, even if you aren't, give this a try.  Tribal Treble, what's next?


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 18 songs, distributed by Wrecked, released 2003]