Matrixxman & Setaoc Mass – Pitch Black (Vinyl 12” – Figure)
Background/Info: “Pitch Black” is the meeting between American techno producer Charles McCloud Duff aka Matrixxman and UK techno artist Sam Coates aka Setaoc Mass. They both already have released an impressive list of productions and are considered ‘futuristic’ artists in their genre.
Content: “Pitch Black” clearly sounds like techno music for dark souls. The atmospheres supporting the compositions are somewhat obscure although led by hard, danceable kicks. The tracks also reveal great sound treatments.
+ + + : If you listen to “Pitch Black” you rapidly will understand why both artists are already looking into the future. This production is miles away from the ‘familiar’ techno standards. You here will notice great sound manipulation and subtle bleeps. You also will get the impression to receive sonic signals from space. This ‘ambient’ part of the work is another noticeable aspect.
– – – : The only single element from the work, which can’t totally convince me is that hard kick, which sounds a bit bombastic in comparison to the refined production. At the other side it for sure remains the perfect formula to get people dancing.
Conclusion: “Pitch Black” is a successful collaboration between 2 artists, which I can only encourage to move on. There are experiences in life you better try to renew!
Best songs: “Reckoning”, “Pitch Black”.