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"Crack Mitaine" CD


Genres: electronica, techno, industrial electro

Apr 19 - 25 2004

Crack Mitaine starts with a distorted sample from the CONET Project and then jumps right into meaty, beaty techno territory.  The rest of the record continues in this vein, confronting the listener with fast, aggressive beats and dark, claustrophobic atmospheres.  The results are engaging, although somewhat homogeneous.  Many electronica enthusiasts may end up bored by the end of this album, simply because of the lack of variety and melody.

For the most part, this is a very rhythmic album.  Right from the powerfully fast-tempo opener, "Deadlock," one can notice that the prime element of these songs is their beats.  There are exceptions to this rule, however.  "Know Your Ennemy (sic)" could be the best track on this record; its spacey electro-orchestral structure and ambient background is simply beautiful.  Some of the more aggressive tracks are also solid when played at loud volumes.  "Long Lost," for example, is an absolute explosion of techno beats, and "Fallin' Lordz" has some neat (albeit less quixotic) Autechre influences (think "Second Bad Vilbel.")

This is dark, explosive electronic music with some definite industrial influences.  Nothing amazing, but good, clean fun nonetheless.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]