As one-half of Sandwell District, David Sumner has been one of techno’s key players over the past decade. For his debut album as Function, the New Yorker crafts nine brooding cuts into a dystopian score. What starts in a soaring rise of rippling arpeggios and glacial synths soon descends into a labyrinth of warehouse subterranea. ‘Inter’ provides a breather of Tejeda-esque futurism, before a tougher reprise of the opener takes the second half back down the rabbit hole for a closer of claustrophobic minimalism. Mastered by Berlin’s leading engineer Tobias Freud, the craftsmanship is simply untouchable, but the absence of any absolute stormers creates a slight shortfall.
File under Technosis
Download ‘Modifier’, ‘Voiceprint (Reprise)’, ‘Against The Wall’
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