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M.E.S.H. metes out a meticulous mix of hard-ass, mutant club rhythms and drama in his killer new EP for Berlin’s Janus
Following up the precision tooled electro-dancehall of his split 12” with Tsuzing for PAN, ‘Hart Aber Fair’ returns the Berlin-based American prism-pusher to more impressionistic zones found on his ‘Hesaitix’ LP that suit this release’s longer format. Across 7 seamlessly segued parts in 22 minutes, he shapeshifts between densely layered and complex club patterns that both challenge and gratify more restless dancers and minds, combining various forms of synthesis and algorithmic generative material in a sort of syncretic global dancefloor style.
As always with M.E.S.H.’s gear, a sort of abstract sci-fi cinematic narrative underpins the roil of rhythms and emotive pull of ‘Hart Aber Fair.’ Drawing us in with ‘Confield’-esque rhythms and fractal space in ‘Undine’, the set sweeps thru the tense dembow playground of ‘Antechamber’ and the acrobatic stunts of ‘Dzonot’ to commit a swanging, panicked sort of mutant tribalism in ’10 Alarm’ and the face-warping G-force torque in ‘Rüstung’, before owning your tendons with the Front 242-esque EBM futurism of ‘Verletzte’, and latinate diffraction of ‘Complicit’.