Sascha Ring follows his third Apparat album with this half-hour set for Neo Ouija (as opposed to Shitkatapult, the label he operates with T. Raumschmiere), all of which was produced the same year his first album was released (2001). Despite being a bit of a timewarp, Shapemodes isn't necessarily a step backward, containing six tracks that flit between challenging and soothing IDM. Just about anything remotely glitchy seemed tiresome around the time these tracks were made, but Ring's ability to keep a tight rein on his clicks + cuts and snags -- while always providing melodic balance -- makes the release as relevant now as it would've been three years prior.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman