Boomkat Product Review:
Om Unit and TM404 ask "what if Shaka had produced Stingray?" on their debut collaborative full-length, revitalizing squelching TB-303 riffs with corrosive downtempo breaks and sounding like early Autechre or Plaid melting into dub.
Fans of each other's work for ages, Om Unit and TM404 aka Andreas Tilliander, find a woozy mid-point between their approaches on 'In the Afterworld', welding Tilliander's meditative sawtooth blips to Om Unit's dubwise breaks. Early rollers 'Motorway Acid' and 'Microdose Mondays' set the pace, capturing the sunset bliss of Warp's 'Artificial Intelligence' era with earworm acid wiggles, AFX-inspired pads and molasses-slow breakbeat loops. When they reach 'London Stock' though the record takes a diversion, dispensing with the retro mood and embracing zippy electro, setting wonked 303 sequences against skittering beats and Drexciyan risers.
The album's second side lowers the tone, skewing more towards TM404's underrated run of Kontra-Musik LPs. On 'Meanwhile... In the Smoking Area' the duo wrestles through Plastikman-esque wires of grey box wooziness, building steadily towards a propulsive dub-cum-knackered house groove, and 'Refracted' is an almost beatless 303 jam, leaning heavily into tape hiss and dubbed-out echoes. 'Thursday' might be the most enjoyable moment though, an 808 State-referencing digidub monster that recalls Tilliander's brilliant 'Acidub' LP.