Few contemporary techno producers do crafty, functional tracks as well as Gary Beck - and this quality is audible from the outset on Cycle Series. It opens with the slinky, streamlined "Crocodile Fears", which is littered with looped samples and powerful claps, while the title track sees Beck use a visceral, meaty bass to underpin a rolling electronic rhythm. Once again, the use of effective steely percussion shines through. Beck deploys a similar approach on "My Fake Candles", although on this occasion a dense low end underpins spooky synths. On "Arden Rocket", Beck goes back to basics for a drum-heavy percussive workout that has echoes of 90s Marco Carola.
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