Efflux – Shifting Gears

On December 16, 2011, in review, by James

 

Mercurial. From a jet black locus, Efflux has bubbled and boiled up a notable techno brew. The toxic and violent combination splatters about as it gurgles with momentous force from deep within. Call the process fructification. The liquid chemical sounds, when swallowed, pollinate the alien seeds of doom that were implanted in the human genome at the time of genesis. The monsters that sprout, bloom, and blast not unlike that popularly depicted in legends of the future.

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Ostensibly, the amount of power needed in creating this music is otherworldly. The complex rhythms and structures of this music pose to Efflux and all preceding artists a significant challenge not only in terms of tuning, but also in terms of narrative. This mix is well managed. The rhythms encompass, barely contained, by contemporary dance music rules. The music is void of unintentional distortion, though it regularly kicks very hard & deep in the stomach. The whole is aqueous and acquiescent… like liquid organic metal; a hybrid, an abomination where, when taken with ease, it steams up in an infectious effervescent vapour. Not to be taken lightly.

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In terms of story, though, there’s nothing utterly revolutionary here (yet); the complex sounds of the individual tracks and the mix are managed with enough convincing precision that this music is testament the global ingenuity that was in making this happen. There’s a certain ebb and flow, but the sound remains full and chunky, marked mostly by sound solitary moments that would probably do just as well if placed anywhere else. Mind, this is techno, not progressive. It’s good, worth adding to the collections of all techno connoisseurs. Please view Efflux’s Soundcloud page for more information, including a lossless download link. Otherwise, feel free to stream the mix in its entirety through the player below.

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Please note that Efflux asked this author to “master” the mix before release, so this author had a hand in its creation. However, this author injected very little to none of the music’s creative spirit; the original artists deserve all credit.

 

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