Boomkat Product Review:
Robert Henke has been releasing music under the Monolake moniker for a staggering 10 years now, originally in collaboration with Gerhard Behles and then on his own. In recent years he has been joined on production duties by the mysterious T++ (Torsten Pröfrock, one of the finest producers of post Basic Channel techno variants under a number of revered aliases) and this is their first album working together on a full-scale basis. What's remarkable about Monolake is its ability to shift and morph so effortlessly with the times while using more or less the same basic constituent parts. And so what we have here is a collection of spacious, metallic, dub-infused killers that radiate with crunchy and utterly complex beat structures that never veer into academic realms. This is simply crushing music, taking a techno template for its starting point before mutating into a hybrid construction set of breaks, dub, electronica, and an uncanny knack of always sounding completely unique. Look at the little booklet inside detailing all of Henke's productions and releases over the last decade and you soon realise just how significant his contribution to electronic music has been. Peerless killers from start to finish, an absolute must.