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Gaiser Blank Fade

  • Words: Tim Saputo
  • Label: Minus
  • XLR8R Rating: 8.5/10

If there's one lesson we have learned from 2008, it’s that minimal techno is not nearly evil enough. On Blank Fade, Detroit’s Jon Gaiser injects pitch-black dread into the heart of his distinct brand of techno. Steamrolling basslines, droplets of toxic rain, and ghostly sirens all coalesce into swinging, propulsive grooves that stretch into a never-ending night. Gaiser demonstrates his knack for creating arrangements that are both claustrophobic and spacious, crafting an hour-long ride through some of the most banging, evil minimal tracks to date, not to mention some dark-ambient business that would leave Deathprod envious. At its most compelling (“Trunkated,” “Leave It,” “Decending Order”), Blank Fade paints a picture of a raging warehouse party at the edge of hell.

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