Architectural is an alias for Madridillan techno legend Juan Rico that sees him explore the deeper and textural shades of dub techno to rather stunning effect - as heard over the years on Pole Recordings, Semantica and his eponymous imprint. Appearing last year for Maceo Plex's main imprint, his latest outing is released via the Ellum Black sublabel, where it's said that Rico 'goes deeper into the hypnotic edge of his soundscape.' This is evident on the soulful and introspective opening cut "Romanticism Movement", while the cerebrally adrenalized tunnel vision of "A Girl With No Friends" bears all the hallmarks of his more well known Reeko moniker. Finally, "Never Yours Boy" proves yet again why he's considered one of Spain's go to producer's for hypnotic and industrial edged techno tools.
Fresh from reworking Remake's 1992 progressive house cover of Vangelis' "Blade Runner" theme, Maceo Plex returns to the Ellum Audio family he co-founded with Alta in 2011. This time round, he's got company, too, with veteran Texas outfit Paradigm Shift (whose "Requisition" was featured on Plex's recent Fabric mix CD) lending a hand on title track "Mutant Pulse". It's a typically atmospheric, peak-time-friendly affair, with trippy female spoken world vocals weaving in and out of an alien techno groove and spine-tingling pads reminiscent of the Moby classic "Go". "Mutant Radio" is an altogether darker and more hypnotic interpretation, with spaced-out stabs and ghostly chords accompanying Plex's fuzzy, on-point grooves.
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