Label-hopping producer Alexander Pletnev AKA Ponty Mython continues to add new imprints to his bulging CV. On this first EP for the admirable Omena imprint, he also offers more signs of artistic development. While the low-slung, tribal-influenced deep house heaviness of "Panta Mei" (which, incidentally, utilizes some whistling melodies) and cheerier deep house bubbler "Coconut Scarface" contain aural nods to his previous work, title track "Universe of Pops" is an impressive departure from the script. Sitting somewhere between pos-punk era electro, industrial funk, Afro-tech, 8-bit videogame soundtracks and instrumental Arabic synth-pop, it's easily one of Pletnev's most arresting and exciting tracks to date.
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