Boomkat Product Review:
Mikkel has quietly produced two secret hits in these offices, on the recently formed Danish label Echochord. Blessed with a nice twist on the digital analogue dub washes of the Basic Channel school, these twelves clearly made some impact at the Cologne headquarters of Kompakt. Clearly envisaging a further chapter in their ongoing affair with pop ambient music, Metal has duly done the business. 'Testan' deploys a smoke screen of grainy static, and this turns out to be one mother of a click track. Quite rocky bass motif leads into a fantastic synth melody, like the most amazing, unreleased Eno band tune you've never heard, soundtrack to an imaginary movie . 'Hemper' stings it in a much more Chain Reaction kinda style, wicked little pools of microscopic dub sounds, to a walking pace beat, chilled and as we say, quietly awesome stuff.