Boomkat Product Review:
Displaying a mastery of squashed beats, DSP Funk and an oblique, double-folded mass of melody in the right places, Cryptoburners perfectly explores the mathematical technification of electronic music production with a sense of deep, grinding fatty funk. 'Horse and Trap' opens up with a funneled flow of slowed down Altern-8 semi rave keys and gradually dozes off into a world of man-machine beats and b-boy passages. The key to these tracks is an ever-changing time signature that flows with immense fluidity; diverting tempo, chop-up and balance from passage to passage. 'Music for Cat' is a lovely 8-bit ambient interlude, oddly reminiscent of Mouse on Mars at their more relaxed and consistent best, before the midnight club blur of 'Uberfunk' steams-in, dripping with the fattiest of hip-grinding stripped down beats and a funk strum made up of wires and microchips rather than wood and string. The overall acheivment here is the successful endeavour to imbue digital audio with a sense of creeping humanity lurking somewhere in the background; pushing all the right buttons. In the tradition of similarly conceived albums by the likes of Matmos and Matthew Herbert (albeit in a totally different stylistic direction), the Team succeed in delivering an album of raw funk with a machine-bound coating. This isn't self-generated DSP over-indulgence, this is funk music with a new set of instruments at its disposal. As such, funk to it at will.