Edinburgh’s C Mantle is back on Acre and with a radically different sound, offering us four tracks of pure dancefloor techno to cut loose to. While very different from recent IDM and breakcore releases these muscular tracks showcase the production standards for which C Mantle is becoming well known, and further push the boundaries of his ‘sound’. Although clearly intended for late night dancefloors, these tracks are not mere 5 minute loops, but evolve and build ferociously, with intelligent drum work, throbbing saturated basslines and ominous rhythmics. Despite being dark, however, these tracks also have a warmth and depth to them that is arguably lacking from a lot of techno material.
This is something of a concept release, in that Mantle has melded a love of mid-late 90s techno with an interest in found sound and field recordings. The majority of sounds used over these four tracks were recorded around the Scottish capital and in a studio session by Acre boss Sandor Mehes. Mehes used a variety of microphones, guitars and recording techniques, running many of the sounds through an SSL AW900+ desk for additional analogue flavour. The resulting tracks combine ferocity with warmth and technoid rhythms with organic sounds to produce a uniquely terrifying assault on our eardrums. We hope to see folk flinging lots of abstract moves on the dancefloor
Technē & Physis comes with an exclusive 42 minute techno mix featuring these and other C Mantle tracks, both released and unreleased.