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‘Floor-refreshing techno mutations from Russia’s PTU duo for Nina Kraviz’s Trip label - a big tip for fans of Peder Mannerfelt, Jung An Tagen, Physical Therapy
Two years from their 12” ‘A Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day’, on ‘Am I Who I Am’ the pairing of Alina Izolenta and Kamil Ea aka PTU push their meticulous, searching hardware practice into devilishly warped yet heavily functional workouts interspersed with runs into properly oblique abstraction, supplying fuel for Nina Kraviz’s sets as well as a great album in its own right.
Deviating the conventional contours of acid, techno, garage and electro, ‘Am I Who I Am’ supposes a routes between those angles in a way that recalls Peder Mannerfelt’s osmotic absorption of all styles into techno frameworks. There are big DJ/dancer highlights to be found in the pounding, twysted torque of ‘Castor & Pollux’, in the shredded stop/start into full throttle disco-techno on ‘Over’, and with the whooping rave techno of ‘Which Word Is Greatest’, while the more experimental angles such as their sloshing ‘After Cities’, the 2-step wormhole of ‘How Does It Feel’, and ‘I Heard You Breath’ lend a tempered diversity that makes for an immersive album trip.