Boomkat Product Review:
The Mannequin boss and The Hacker gel forces in a brittle and sticky mix of synth-pop, EBM, and coldwave themes delivered under their own names
’Présence Du Futur’ is a solid example of when projects amount to beyond the sum of their parts. Packing decades of experience between them, Amato & Adriani apply razor sharp editing to muscular drum machine rhythms, steely synths and cranky FX in four parts actually worthy of comparison with the templates they draw from, as opposed to yet another formulaic EBM colouring book.
The restless arps, fanged hi-hats and roving bass of ’Falling Inside’ triggers a kilelr session that takes in tendon-tightening EBM/electro torque in ‘The Language of Numbers’, before Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder sets off the cantering ‘Liar’ with a darkroom ready vocal, and ‘Power & Persuasion’ heats the blood with slow burning, lurking bassline yoked to death stare jack.