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The second album from this Scottish duo sees them turning off the lights and casting shadows on industrialized bass-electronics. With plenty of albums to sift through these days, it’s a welcome treat having Satellite Hive blend its aural stimuli against leftfield bass, beats and melodic brushing. But is the genre now becoming a bit over saturated with the glitch’n twitch of electrified rhythms? Can Mitoma bridge the void of experimentation when so many others have taken shape? It’s a challenging time as artists must constantly innovate, recreate and unfold new plateaus of thought in order to cause any kind of ripple in the media. Mitoma seem to be doing just that, and it’s more of a tidal wave on this sixty-five minute collection.
The difference with Mitoma is their infused microcosms of digitized debris—take “Swamp Monitor,” “Seventh Fall,” “Inert” and “Chakici” as prime examples—these slices of grittiness offer a detoxified slowdown as its siblings punctuate the ears. Elsewhere, as evidenced “Residual,” time shifts to that of exp-electro, buzzing warmth and an aptitude for distorted bass emergence (sort of a hybrid between Einoma and Randomform). It all seems to gel together for duo, an outfit that blends in with like-minded cohorts such as Detroit Underground, Buried In Time and Lovethechaos. Although the title track inhibits much of the same landscape as Autechre designed for Draft 7.30, each piece molds a new face for abstract electronics and definitely rests on solid footing. Letting this one unfold its rugged charm and subliminal forces may just be the link between post-industrial and raw electronic data blasting. A solid effort that will effortlessly make a dent in your library in the long term.