Umek

Neuro

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Umek takes a step away from the dancefloor scene for Neuro, a surprisingly diverse and experimental full-length for Tehnika. The album at times resembles Umek's dancefloor-oriented productions (for a plethora of labels including Primate, Tortured, CLR, Consumer Recreation, and Recycled Loops), yet the resemblance is usually fleeting, as the Slovenian producer continually alters the style and flow of Neuro from one track to the next. Despite the up-and-down mood, certain motifs are omnipresent throughout the album, namely a heavy use of synth and, of course, that bangin' percussion that is a staple of both Umek's productions and his DJ sets. Neuro may be a welcome respite from the dancefloor for Umek and his fans, but it's not the ambient, listening-techno album you might assume. No, Umek still brings the drums and delivers an album that is nothing less than intense, and he does so with eccentricity and novelty. Not everything here works, yet Umek certainly isn't afraid to take chances and experiment. Neuro is definitely worth investigating if you're a Umek fan; if not, you're better off beginning with his more acclaimed dancefloor work first.

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