Boomkat Product Review:
The pendulous, roiling future techno brilliance of Sote’s Hyper-Urban 20 30 continues a serious roll for San Francsico’s Ge-stell imprint alongside their recent, superb 12”s by Tom Knapp and CoH.
Arriving quick on the heels of his Hardcore Sounds From Tehran - a collection of tangled techno live recordings made in the Iranian capital and issued by Opal Tapes - these four indomitable cuts could be considered its more refined partner piece, demonstrating some of Sote’s most lucid and inimitably rhythmic electronic geometries.
The vaulted harmonics, rapid patterns and twisted percussive vortices of Krom Uth sound like Dariush Dolat Shahi and Xenakis imagining techno in 2030, whilst the shearing modular funk of Zoetic could almost be Venetian Snares meeting head-on with Autechre for levels of hyperactive detail done at the service of the funk.
Ebb has pretty much the straightest dancefloor groove, hingeing on a fidgety, jacking kick buffered by jagged synths to cross lines with recent Lee Gambles, and r-Flux spends up his final energies in a ribbon of ridiculously crisp and quickened modular polyrhythm.
Outstanding, uncompromising gear, recommended!