Label: Animal FarmScore: 7.5/10
Techno’s found itself in fine form lately. A series of well rounded full lengths from both artists old and new, as well as a steady succession of first rate EPs throughout all of 2013 so far has kept the scene shining bright with pride and the third offering from Glaswegian label, Animal Farm, brings a new spark to the torch; Mancunian based producer Setaoc Mass. Already with a steady string of well received releases behind him the enigmatic anagram, Sam Coates comes in hard and heavy as ever with his Nicmos EP.
The title track is built upon a pulsating muted kick and slicing percussion, with echoed out dub chords that carry it on at a heavy canter. B-side – Poidub has altogether more sinister feel about it, with scantly placed icy hi-hats and claps, murmurous drones and a typically driving kick. Though the key element is the lead chord that rouses the senses on its frenetic path. Called in for the remix is esteemed character of the techno world, Jonas Kopp who transforms Nicmos into an altogether more light and dubby place, while incorporating a slightly more build/break structure than the original. On the whole a solid collection of tracks, fit straight for use on the club floor.