Having offered us gems (and pearls) on the likes of Revolution, TFU and Green Fetish, Australian techno spellbinder Sly Faux takes a giant leap to MOOD with three of his most immersive creations to date. Not just a clever name, Sly Faux is a savvy atmosphere technician, too. This is evident the moment the twinkling starlit intro of the EP title track ignites, gradually easing us into his dark, misty textures with a subtle sense of theatre. Dynamically developing in momentum throughout, it’s the perfect set opener. A MOOD enhancer, perhaps.
Flexing a more forthright sense of dark euphoria, ‘Hashes Of Eight’ is a thriving, driving peaktime cut. Armed with a persistent timeless hook, barbed vocal, yearning chords lilting sternly in the background and a pumping drum arrangement, it’s the type of track you can build a whole sequence around with emotional effect.
‘Violence Is Too Damn Hard’ seals the deal. Another ruminating build starts the journey before more rhythmic elements are introduced along with a sinewy arpeggio that gradually takes pole position in the mix. Fixing our focus with a classic sense of progressive suspense, the real drama can be found in the bottom end as ominous groans sweep sternly beneath. And the real pay off is found in the sense-melting sparkling breakdown.
Three tracks of timeless emotional techno, ‘Incandescent’ isn’t just the EP title track… It’s a signature Sly Faux is slowly making his own. We suspect there’ll be more to come…
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