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From the first few bars of opener ‘Quasar’ it is clear that this is a record of certain intensity. ‘Quasar’ moves brusquely through the shadows, strutting on the slabs of its thick kick drum. Waves of dissonance surround an increasingly unsettled patchwork of percussion, before the anxiety grinds to a halt. Second track ‘Uret’ is a cleaner proposition. The layers are less and the drive is more, a hi-hat on the even beats adding a confidence of which other tracks would be envious. ‘Tangle’ follows. It is the uneven beat, the ugly duckling, the most industrial. It rampages forth, with a seemingly innocent echo leading the charge into chaos. Where ‘Tangle’ brings chaos, final track ‘Libra’ brings perspicacity. The combination of metallic shimmer, tribal percussion and odd glint of light lends time and space to reflect. For this is a record of individual tales – but one executed with an encompassing, unifying sound.

  • BBC Music Very direct, very muscular.
  • Juno Plus Monad XV sees the duo of Gianclaudio Moniri and Giuseppe Carlini at their most techno focused – with the one mandatory experimental track “Libra” – after output exploring the harsher ends of ambient and industrial since surfacing on a range of leftfield European labels in 2010.
  • URB Magazine The must-have shifty ectoplasm techno release of the year, one of the best of the Monad series yet.
  • Mosaic Theory Very classic signature SA sound. Great sound design, I love 'Tangle' and 'Libra'. 'Uret' is broken beat is very cool as well, probably most floor-friendly. Thank you.
  • Nowa Muzyka No discussion: highest quality as always.
  • Stray Landings (UK) Brooding and cinematic warehouse sounds, reminiscent of Dadub's work. Excellent stuff. This EP has tonnes to offer, and with such a varied mix of styles, puts it near the top of my personal favorites from the Monad series.
  • Cio d'Or 'Libra' is amazing. The beats and sounds, touching.
  • Phase Very impressive sounds. High quality as always.
  • Truss Excellent EP. 'Quasar' is my pick. I'm a sucker for a good stepper.
  • Shapednoise This release is really great, just in time to try it this Sataurday at Berghain.