French deep techno producer Polar Inertia gets the remix treatment from an impressive cast. First up is Silent Servant, who delivers a rework of "Major Axis". The US producer turns in a stepping version that twists and turns to the sound of subsonic blips and eerie synth textures that eventually cover the arrangement like a frosty glove. Deeply Rooted's Francois X treads a different path for his version of "Last Vehicle", deploying spooky vocals and grainy drums to give the arrangement a rugged, hard-hitting feeling. Finally, it's the turn of Abdulla Rashim, whose take on "Black Sun" edges back down the wormhole courtesy of a stripped back, droning rhythm.
French men-of-mystery Polar Inertia describe themselves as a "blurry techno entity". They're at their shape-shifting best on Kinematic Optics, a double vinyl excursion that contains their first original material since 2012. They set their stall out with the foreboding, cinematic ambience of the title track (built, incidentally, around an extensive spoken word vocal), before delivering an epic chunk of rolling industrial techno ("Floating Away Fire"). There's a mournful, melancholic feel to the deep techno throbber "Vertical Ice", while "Hell Frozen Over" is fittingly dark and murky. The second 12" contains a recording of previous live performance "Can We See Well Enough To Move On?" in its entirety, with droning textures and glacial electronics guaranteeing a spine-chilling mood
Following on from the tough techno of its first compilation sampler, Field follow it up with a deeper and more reflective approach. Remote's "Echo Of You" has some dance floor bearing, thanks to its gentle, dubby beats, but it's all about the wispy, floaty synths. There are no beats at all on Varg's "Ohns Odegard" and instead, the listener is treated to gentle, soft-focus synths unfolding and unravelling slowly, like rain drizzling its way down a window on a grey morning. Against this backdrop, Polar Inertia's "Sonic Outlaws" sounds out of place, but its pulsing, tunnelling groove seeks to seduce the listener rather than hammer them into submission.
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