Boomkat Product Review:
Monolake is a relentlessly original pioneer that never seems to run out of possibilities, avenues down which to explore the outcome of a formula that never sounds stale or dated – technologically perfectly tuned, sitting alongside a deep-seated understanding of a thousand ways in which to move your body and f**k with your mind. And what could be better? The underlay is always firmly entrenched in Berlin and it’s techno history, his longtime sideline involvement with the Basic Channel family making sense of his software-related activities, a halfway house between function and soul. The sound on “Momentum” is a crunchy mandala of tight, twisted, squashed beats, neon signals and a spasmodic need to re-write techno as something much more free-flowing and oblique. There is nothing Experimental (in the generic sense) here, but the sound is distinctly more robust and uncompromising, a rigid robotic jack to the funk. It takes the mind of a maverick to keep on re-writing a sound that still, after all these years, has never been emulated sucesfully by any of his peers or myriad followers. Absolute Killer.