Boomkat Product Review:
The Canadian dub techno veteran returns with this undulating, jazzy and truly tripped-out soundtrack to an imaginary sci-fi movie.
It's been over a decade since his last solo full-length, but trust Mike Shannon, a techno mainstay who's notched up releases on ~scape, Force Inc and Richie Hawtin's Plus 8 label, to re-emerge with a moody sci-fi concept record. We'd struggle to even call this dance music, and that's no bad thing; Shannon uses dance elements (dub techno kicks on 'Blindside', acid squelches on 'Black Domina', electro hats on 'Rise') to suggest a techno pedigree, while tipping into ambient, jazz and neoclassical modes.
There's a similar stylistic outlook here that we used to expect from vintage Detroit techno records - Shannon won't tie himself down to dance music's relentless repetition and that's a good thing. 'Her Everything' is smokey, reverberating electro-jazz that sounds like it could be an interlude on the next "Blade Runner"-esque noir, and 'Delerium' sounds closer to Jóhann Jóhannsson than it does Plastikman. Each track sounds radically different, but all points to a heady sci-fi mood that attempts to reconcile the old and the new. It's refreshing - fans of Carl Craig's "Landcruising", Galaxy 2 Galaxy or Pole's experimental dub take a look.