Boomkat Product Review:
Greek producer Aroent lands on Infinite Machine with a convincing set of UK bass-inspired club abstractions that straddle the dance and the factory floor. Featuring an expectedly taut remix from Ploy, it's one 4 fans of Batu, Galtier, Rhyw or Hodge.
There's a machine-fabricated sheen to Aroent's club construxions that allows tracks like 'Say' and 'Rolling Oddities' to sound futuristic without tumbling too far into IDM abstraction. Based in Berlin, the producer is keenly aware of dancefloor functionality and while he's able to aptly tweak his sounds to tickle the pineal gland just so, that tweaking never gets in the way of each track's inherent fwd motion. So 'Say' sounds like a freight train pushing to hit its schedule, but circles around precision-chopped breaks that drive us mentally back to Source Direct, and curving bass and kick patterns that give us heady notes of grime.
'Bobcat' hands us the most broken rhythm of the lot, sprinkling hand drums into a hard drum-esque rhythmic blancmange to add some ASMR excitement to a rubberized peak time belter. And unsurprisingly, Ploy impresses yet again with his "Skeletal Tool Remix" of 'Say', stripping down the original to its bare bones, disrupting the rhythm and tweaking a Shepard Tone-style car alarm-driven ascent into the stratosphere to ramp up the motion. Recommended.