With releases for Hal9000, Datamusik, and Echocord under his belt, Mikkel Metal steps out on the Kompakt label with a two-track 12" of dubby, beat-oriented techno. "Testan" is one of his least contemplative tracks, with a buried bassline and a shuffling rhythm laying the foundation for a series of effects, including a lightly buzzing hum, and bristly surface noise. The B-side, "Hemper," also employs a shuffle rhythm, but the track sways amiably and has a less confrontational effect, made all the more lulling with delicate atmospheric effects (call it synth-fluff). The track is as infectious as post-Basic Channel dub techno gets, and is one of the best Kompakt releases in 2003.
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