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Boomkat Product Review:
Planet Mu bossman Mike P delivers a hypercoloured splash of recalibrated techno, hip hop and electronica on his first album in over six years.
'Chewed Corners' is the sound of an inarguably talented producer reconnecting with his artform, re-energised by both classic recordings from Japan, Orbital and AFX, and the thrill of fresh, accelerated culture from Kuedo to the Chicago Footwork scene his label has provided staunch support for in recent years. However, most of all, 'Chewed Corners' illuminates Mike's instinctive and advanced knack for emotive melody and harmonic arrangements with neon potency; a multi-tiered matrix of arpeggios, whorls and cyberdelic pattern meshed in luscious synchronicity with whirring, dextrous rhythm templates.
We're most impressed with those Kuedo or Footwork-styled moments - the sweeping widescreen panorama of 'Christ Dust', the brittle hi-hat patter and syn-brass spumes of 'Wipe', the serpentine slither and piquant euphoria of 'Twangle Melkas' or the Tangerine Dream-esque 'Mountain Island Boner' and laser-shotting 'Tickly Flanks' - but even those bits rooted in classic house and techno, the romantic jacker 'Houzz10', the balearic swagger of 'Smooch' or the chiming chorales of 'Gunnar' practically charm as much as hearing anything from 'Tango 'N Vectif' all those years ago.