Title: In C8H10N4O2 We Trust
Keywords: Dark, Electro, Techno, Other
Reviewer: Alex Spalding
T-T-T-Techno! It’s techno-time. I could sum up the way this album makes me feel with just one picture…
… but, I’m also going to write some words. xD
One of these days I’ll do a pictographic review, but tonight I just feel like dancing to the hard, 4-to-the-floor techgrooves of Caffeinate…
… you’re still watching Duane dance, aren’t you!? Even as you’re reading this, in real-time, I know that all you can think about is Duane. 😛 Do not feel ashamed, it happens to everyone. Feel free to watch it in sync with this album, or any album. It always works, as far as I’ve seen.
Anyway, the mayhem begins with ‘CH3′, stomping ass beat! Some light acid basslines come in, a touch of midbass drones. The beat cuts away, filtered bass section! Then that stomp comes back, yeaaah! Duane’s still rockin’ it up there, I checked a sec ago. Some really wild synth growling happening now, something that sounds like a bell from an alien world!
Then it’s a track called ‘Xanthinean’… *bump! bump! bump! bump!* some dark electronic sounds with heavy reverb shoot out, then it goes into a short breakdown with what sounds like a creepy pipe organ in a haunted mansion. I’m hearing a gritty little synth bass now, nice! Washes of strange, grimy, dark pads with filtered cutoff lfos. It’s interesting, some of the changeups… got kind of an arpeggiated synth bass sequence now, really loving the deep gritty harmonic tones that come in as well. This track gets intense, these electronics can scream! Aaaagh! I love it!
Some hi hat clicks and a bit of hi-shelf kicks + a snappy snare that then start to get louder on the track ‘The Alkaline’. I hear distant, breathy choirs with a phaser effect. Duane’s still dancing up there, even while the track begins to sound somewhat dark and melancholic. The mix space opens as the drums drop away, then they’re back with the addition of these really mental, percussive dripping electronic tones! Sick!
Last is ‘Biosynthetic’, this beat tears a hole in the space-time continuum with that ripping space laser snare. Grungy, low, rasping bass, really just a thick rumble. This tracks got a bit of an electro vibe! Especially when those deep, liquid chip arps come in, yesss! Aaagh, wild space choirs! Best track in my opinion, hands down. Call me crazy… but it even seems to me like our friend Duane is enjoying this one more than the others. Acid-tinged metal percussion like the sound of broken machinery in a derelict factory, cold and corrosive.
Duane-tested and approved, this is hot stuff!!! Pick up your copy at Sirona-Records today/tonight/whenever at the following link: