The greatest thing about the new wave of techno producers is that the best ones feel unrestrained by genres, tempos or rhythmic structures. Rory St John is a perfect example: on Epoch, the Dublin producer flirts with the kind of abstract electronic nuances that Autechre are known for. "Mechanical Prayer" is a menacing glitch-hop arrangement pushed to the edge, while "Femme B" sees droning frequencies convulsing over shredded metallic drums. Makaton provides a fittingly skewed and splintered take on "Femme B", but there is another, more direct side to St John's approach: "Time Overdrive", with its breathy sytnhs and loose leaf percussion provides a perfect balance between classic Detroit techno and modern Berlin sounds, while "Noughtsmith" applies the splintered, distorted approach of "Femme B" to a peak time arrangement.
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