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Disinformation Design

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If it was Andy Mellwig's intent to apply the concept of disinformation design to the Klang Elektronik singles assembled on Disinformation Design, and in turn suppress much of what makes him a revered producer, he did the trick. Though masterfully produced, the assaultive and often pummeling nature and velocity of some of the tracks wipe away any possible subtleties and detract from Mellwig's skills. There isn't any shortage of melodies (the odd sci-fi/spy vamp on "Criminal Funk," the blasting synths on "Atmas") or atmospheric nuances (everywhere), but the listener is hardly allowed to take a breath and concentrate on anything other than the drive of the material. Overall, the disc does seem to carry more germs of experimental rock than techno or dub, an alley Mellwig intended to travel down without being too blatantly obvious about it. One major saving grace is the closer, a track that most effectively hearkens back to the spirit of Porter Ricks (Mellwig's legendary partnership with Thomas Koner) without directly referencing it; the thumpy "Kryptic Mode" conjures all of the terror and heft of early PR with menacing ambience and paranoia-inducing death beats that sound like giant boots stomping through snow banks. Unlike most of Disinformation Design, it truly capitalizes on Mellwig's strengths rather than tucking them away for the sake of a bold conceptual slant.

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