Density of State

Allied Force

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H. Martis, the artist behind Density of State, has absorbed the essence and tricks of about every trend in electronica: techno, IDM, industrial, drum'n'bass, even a bit of glitch. Allied Force plays around with all these elements, focusing on the "intelligent" part. Although for the most part danceable, the CD was conceived as a living room experience. Samples from television remind the listener about the necessity to filter information. This advice could be reversed and directed at Density of State: Filter the influences. By running up and down the gamut of techno, the music falls between everything and, as well-constructed as it may be, it lacks some personality. "Allied Force" and "Powerstation" provide strong highlights in the field of textures: in the latter, glitch, industrial, and IDM come together to serve as a frame for enigmatic voice samples. On the other hand, tracks like the Euro-dance "Merrymen" and techno "Sovereighn States Pt. II" stumble upon too many clichés. One thing must be stressed in favor of Martis: He managed to choose diversity and retain album cohesion. Fans of Autechre and Front 242 should find something to chew on in Allied Force, but they probably won't feel completely satisfied.

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