Theorem

Nano

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A harbinger of things to come? Canada's Dale Lawrence, recording here as Theorem for Richie Hawtin's Plus 8 imprint, anticipated by at least two years the climactic change that would take place in Cologne's techno nexus. Much of NANO is built on slow motion pulses, the bass-responsive effects of dub, the miasma that is the studio reconfigured as soundmaker.

NANO's languid beats probably originated on analog equipment, which explains the warm temporal feel of the rhythms and sounds. Check out the liquid chromium synth-pop of "Stasis," the ping pong techno calisthenics of "Graviti," or the throbbing jet noise and Kraftwerk-like dub squelches found on "Dilate," as the beat fabric grows in compelling intensity. NANO is prescient, precise music.

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