Lakker “Monad XIV”

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Artists: Lakker
Title: Monad XIV
Label: Stroboscopic Artefacts
Cat. #: SAM014
Format: Digital
Release Date: July 22nd 2013
Tracklist:
1. Dryad (Original Mix)
2. Nevada (Original Mix)
3. Asvattha (Original Mix)
4. Artificial Weather (Original Mix)

Following their remix for Dadub on Stroboscopic Artefacts‘ Preternity release, Irish duo Lakker return with their first full release for the label: Monad XIV. SAM014 is four tracks of deep techno laced with unhappy precipitation.
The EP opens with ‘Dryad‘, a track which starts as a menacing sea and ends as an unforgiving storm. The high-end sounds are but low clouds – rumbling, teetering, encircling. ‘Dryad‘ gives way to ‘Nevada‘, a track teeming with as much menace as unashamed groove. A heavy and affected bass drum pounds beneath a cheerful arpeggio, eventually overcoming the melody with discordant force.
Asvattha‘ presents an image for the most ideally haunting night: bitter darkness, laced with rain. Not heavy; not fast; just persistent. It clangs off pipes, it drums on steel roofs. It embeds. To end, it’s ‘Artificial Weather‘. What begins as a gentle shower becomes a disorientated swirl, the aural definitions of ambient techno shattered by the sound of machinery and water clashing.
This is a determined and disturbed end to a record which pushes sonic limits, combining dramatic meteorological dissonance with bitterly glorious moments of melody.

Words: Ben Clay

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