The latest release from Spanish producer Exium recalls the hazy, crazy days of the late '90s. Before it disappeared up its own behind, loop techno provided a genuinely thrilling possibility, one that Exium documents here. "96.1 Mhz" is led by juggernaut break beats and urgent sirens stuck on a loop for seven minutes. "Oppression" is similarly repetitive, but in this instance broken beats and a grimy bass provide the basis for Exium's approach. The second half of the release focuses on a more jarring, contemporary sound, best articulated by "M.A.D.", but this can't compare to the rolling, slamming bombast of "Electrictone". Radio is proof that when utilised properly, loop techno can be a powerful force.
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