Boomkat Product Review:
New on Infinite Machine, Me In Mono's latest is a lurching suite of Bristol-inspired club variations powered by corroded acid squelches, tape-damaged drum rolls and expertly sliced breaks. RIYL Batu, Forest Drive West, Ploy.
If you heard Olly Stork's debut Me In Mono release 'When You Believe', released in 2021 on Mexico City's Super Spicy Records, then 'Reflections' might surprise you. The producer's been releasing music for 15 years at this point under a variety of monikers - like 2ndSun and Cassini - but 'Reflections' moves away from the deep house groove that was still present on its predecessor, billed as an homage to the music that inspired Stork to produce music in the first place. It's good stuff too, immediately establishing a dialog with Bristol's Timedance continuum on opener 'ab3', a hypnotic rush of double-time kick rolls, dizzy synth stabs and punctuating percussive drops.
'Jax' retains that rumbling fast-slow pulse, brightening it with acidic squiggles, Mortal Kombat samples and denatured synth blips - if Stork wanted to capture the "raw energy" of darker shades of dance music, he successfully manages it here. He covers a lot of ground too, 'Patter Path' is a trappy, breakbeat experiment, 'Squat Party' does exactly what it says on the tin, and 'Roo' is a wonky stepper - the sort of thing you'd expect to hear on Martyn's 3024 imprint. But he saves the best until last: 'Stop Harpin On' is the most lavish track on the EP, setting gooey, vaporwave synths against East Coast club-inspired kicks 'n cracks. Very good.