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Artist: Roberto Auser
Title: Faceless Future
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Despite being called "Faceless Future", this is quite a backwards-facing EP that feels like it could've fallen through a timewarp from the late 1980's. It's a eulogy to prototype acid house, with slightly beefed-up production values but unmistakable noise snares, speak-and-spell-like vocal snippets and super-short, harsh-edged samples.

The accompanying press sheet references Front 242 and Cabaret Voltaire, and it's a spot-on comparison, this could practically be a tribute act. It's raw, aggressive, and sinister. All six of the tracks are between three and four minutes long, giving them an almost pop-song structure that neatly encapsulates the anti-pop sound.

"Fearless" breaks the mould slightly, bringing in a thick, resonant rolling bassline that those pioneers of the sound wished they could've made with the old technology. It's bold and feels almost like a tip of the hat to nu skool breaks as much as anything else. "Speed" is the most brutally angry track in the package.

This is a gritty, retro listening experience and a weird piece of electro-industrial nostalgia, not for the faint-hearted.



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