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Octogen 2fiveonine

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2fiveonine is an electrifying debut, considering its fragile yet epic approach. Glaswegian Marco Bernardi demonstrates his mastery of rhythm on "Les Misereye," tweaking mismatched staccato basslines into a prickly jigsaw of glowing melodies, and old-school ambient tracks "Ligrgirl" and "Acieob" could be lost parts of Selected Ambient Works. But it's Bernardi's deep love of Detroit sounds that melds these striking pieces into a cohesive whole: "Save Your Saviour" and "Scionide" conjure dreamy atmospheres from clear notes and messy synth swipes, recalling techno's formidable early-'90s years with warm affection.