Single Point Edge
The third album from Rwina Records is unlike previous releases on the Dutch label: bleak, stripped-down techno for paranoid humans and robots. Across its 10 tracks Single Point Edge carefully balances the physicality of techno with a fine attention to sonic detail and melodic progression. There are clear reference points alongside which SPE pulls in more subtle influences and references to other genres. The result is an album that needs to be heard loud: booming kicks, piercing hats and oppressive melodies washing over you in the middle of a darkened dancefloor, surrounded by strangers each lost in their own universe. Tracks like "Carex," "Snap Gun," "Aporia" and "Lost Summer" are clearly made to be heard in the hallowed halls of techno, from Berlin to Detroit. Yet it's also an album that will work in a private setting, on headphones or at home, with enough detail, enough variation to provide an immersive experience that is every part as engaging as it is in a live context. Opening track "The Overview Effect" is the perfect soundtrack to a night time ride home, the city's darkened corners streaming past your eyesight as the snare's echo reverberates in your ears. "Surface Tension" comes across like the bastard child of techno and cloud rap, an almost beatless mood enhancer.