Boomkat Product Review:
Briny Drexciyan electro and Jamal Moss-like jakbeat from US machine music’s man-of-the-moment, acting as emissary for Sonic Messengers and doing so in finest style.
Taking cues from the Detroit legend, ‘Castle of Mana’ contains some of the deepest, most direct hardware workouts in AceMo's ascendant catalogue of the past half decade or more.
From the outset ’The Castle’ gives it a raw thrust comparable to Jamal Moss’ locked-in box jams, before the set becomes dominated by electro forces. Between the scaly arps and tinfoil drums of ‘Battle on Castle of Mana (Part 1)’ and the brusque ‘Electro Beats (Bonus)’, he as into a rich spirit of US Afro-futurism across the percolated string and choral arrangement of ‘Strings of Time’, thru to the Drexciya-via-ERP sublime of ‘Eulogy on the Water’, ragged 313 hydrolicks in ‘Battle of Castle Mana (Part 2)’, and some ruder NYC freestyle electro touches on the nagging 1990 rave styles of ‘Telegraph to the Unknown Lover’.