Boomkat Product Review:
Jung Am Tagen fire one of the strongest, most forward new techno records in recent memory - Agent Im Objekt - for the ever-amazing Editions Mego. In all 12 cuts the Viennese computer techno wizards do their part in closing the gulf between techno’s original, faceless abstraction and thrill of the new, and the current milieu of ubiquitous fizzogs playing to trampling herds in European megabarns.
Where their previous album Das Fest Der Reichen was given to cosmic urges, abetted by Ensemble Economique and friends, this time they get to grips with proper dancefloor / freaky electronics in a balance of severity and playfulness that’s going to light up a lot of heads and make a lot of others ask for some Marco Carola.
Like Florian Hecker on the bosch with DJ Nigga Fox, or NHK executing a courtship ritual for a robot, Agent Im Objekt pushes all the right buttons to short circuit the conventions of rote techno with its mix of probing technical suss and infectiously off-centre rhythms that don’t simply sound like big room templates or sample packs.
Working in a lineage of direct and forward techno native to Vienna since UR visited during the early ‘90s, JAT dare to mess with the form while remaining true to its function, meshing mind-messingly dissonant, curdled tones with both jacking and heavily swung grooves to a mix of delirious and sober effect that makes a lot of other modern techno appear to be made by pedestrian jocks with colouring-in books, rather than the innovative, hypnotic sensual and viscerally exciting sound it can be - just like this LP.