Boomkat Product Review:
‘Meme Booth’ is a 100% must-check volley of algorithmic dance trax from Kindohm, returning as Conditional’s secret weapon with a tape follow-up to his 2016 vinyl LP - both big looks for fans of Rian Treanor, Gábor Lázár, Mark Fell, Beatrice Dillon, Rennick Bell!
Bossing our reflexes right now, ‘Meme Booth’ is a keenly playful taste of the future from internet recluse and Minnesota, USA resident Mike Hodnick aka Kindohm. Bending up-to-the-second dembow and footwork patterns with live-coding techniques and the TidalCycles environment (Haskell) in ten short, sharp, shocks, he’s arrived at some of the most thrillingly angular electronic music we’ve heard in years.
Despite the fact that he’s got some dozen releases to his name since 2013, ‘Meme Booth’ will be a memorable first introduction to Kindohm for many. As with his tapes and digi drops such as ’16s ‘RISC Chip’ for Conditional and last year’s ‘Decera’ C40 with Always Human Tapes, his new volley proves at every angle a real knack for distilling and advancing dance music dynamics into urgent and absorbing arrangements.
Animating your body like a fleshy puppet, he shoots from the hip with taser-like prods that aim to keep you on the ‘floor, not send you fleeing. His balance of sheer drive in the pointillist electro stings of ‘Disconnecting is an Act of Rebellion’, the laser-whipsmart lash of ‘Articulator’, and the full frontal footwork missiles such as ‘Meme Booth’ are thrillingly upfront, but also held in check with more romantic sci-fi strands of futurism in the lushly user-friendly trance pads on ‘Flexbox’ and ‘This Can’t Be It’, or The Sprawl-esque tonal morph of ‘Unfollowed Silence’ which even the balance and make this such a brilliant little album.