After a series of house releases, Agaric brings an experimental techno sensibility to Swedish label Kontra. "Subaquatic Mechanic" is an unusual lead track; like much of Agaric's output, it is based on a stripped back groove full of intricacies and which houses emotive synths random vocal samples and bursts of noisy sounds."Playing Games" is less adventurous and sees Agaric bring deep chords together with hazy percussive licks, but he returns to the kitchen sink approach on "High Voltage Monkey". A warbling bassline is at its heart and crunchy break beats steer a path to a place at the fringes of conventional techno.
The Swedish label showcases its diverse approach on this remix package. First up is Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann; like his last remix on the label, of Mokira, he succeeds in shattering perceptions. Instead of dreamy dub techno however, on this occasion his remix of Agaric's "Playing Games" delivers a rolling, housey rhythm, with repetitive stabs and rasping percussion sounding similar in tone and tempo to his recent reworking on Trus'Me. Scuba also surprises with his take on One's "Kontrafunk". Harking back a decade, it captures the spirit of UK breakbeat as it fuses a booming bassline with a cut-up filtered vocal sample. As always with Kontra, it's a case of expect the unexpected.