Boomkat Product Review:
In 2004 The Connection Machine issued their seminal debut album Painless, which arguably set a benchmark for that rarest of niches - deep ambient techno albums - that has hardly, if ever, been surpassed.
Presentiment marks the elusive dutch duo’s overdue return in beautiful style, effectively picking up where they left us, stranded on Mars in the middle of the lushest comedown. The same attention to atmospheric detail and, most crucially, that ineffable sense of techno romance, are still key to their sound and firmly in place across all 12 tracks.
If there’s any major difference between then and now, though, it’s their more rugged forays into heavy techno and roiling breakbeat acid, such as the pounding Victims of the Dance or 17 Seconds, and a slight predilection for colder tones that still kindles our stranded-on-Mars analogy.
However, the bulk of the LP is given to those more intangible sensations, from the misty-eyed Detroit gaze of opener New Machine and the wistful cinematic strings of Street Waves to the black hole techno abstraction Real World and the kind of brooding, downbeat pressure in Rorscach Techniks that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Vatican Shadow record.
Now, how about that vinyl version of Painless that we’ve been pining after, like, forever?! Seriously.