Boomkat Product Review:
When techno producers turn their hand to making an album, all bets are off. Sometimes they just deliver three or four 12"s stuck back to back and call it an LP, but then sometimes they go all-out for the big statement. Swedish duo Minilogue (aka Marcus Henriksson and Sebastian Mullaert) have probably done something that would fit into the latter category. This lengthy, multifaceted release combines their established minimal sound with moments of chillout ambience and oddly reflective soundscapes. The Boards Of Canada synth licks of 'Six Arms And One Leg' come as something of a surprise, as do the horizontal guitars of 'In The Shade Of The Sun'. You even encounter dark droners like 'Even The Wind Seemed In Deep Sleep' and the Cluster-like 'Europhonia' along the way. For all this, Minilogue still know how to deliver with the 4/4 beat excursions: 'Jamaica', 'Hypnotized' and 'Animals' are just three examples of the duo's impressively articulate dancefloor sound, and once set amongst the more laid back, texture-focussed transmissions, they really star to shine. What might initially sound like at least two different albums by two different artists suddenly starts to make sense: the jumbled up sequencing and wild switches in tone result in a lively long-player that keeps you on your toes from start to finish, which is just as well given the demanding two-and-a-half-hour duration.