Moe 'Drumcell' Espinoz, the founder of Droid Behaviour, branches out with a release on Rodhad's label. First up is the chilling ambience of the Hypoxia remix of "Empathy Box", where spooky, chilling synths unfold over a malevolent bass. It's only a temporary divergence from Drumcell's sophisticated take on dark techno, and the razor sharp broken rhythms and searing bass of "Conflict Divide" hovers into view, propelled by an all-encompassing filter. Closing out the release is "Terminus Effect", where he combines the searing bass of "Empathy Box" with the eerie textures and rumbling broken beats of " Conflict Divide" to create a memorably moody techno track.
Moe Espinoza is the founder of Droid Recordings and as his debut album so articulately demonstrates, has an ability to flit between styles. From the atmospheric ambience of "Mind" and "Dispatch" - the latter sounding like Biosphere with its samples of astronauts - to the muddy, distorted bass and jarring percussion of "Frame Shifter" and the sledgehammer tribal beats and buzzing low end of "Forgotten Guilt", Sleep Complex offers extremes. But it also provides the listener with nuanced arrangements, like the dead paced drums of "Disturbance" and the pitter-patter metallic drums and throbbing bass of 'Rooted Resentment'. If Drumcell had dropped the word 'sleep' from the title, he would have a more accurate description for his debut album.