Milanese techno outpost M_Rec continue to flex hard in 2014, with their seventh 12" release so far this introducing the talents of US newcomer Allen. Some four tracks deep, the Gravity Assist 12" suggests Chris Allen is keenly attuned to the future glancing sounds that characterised much of techno's first wave and now to translate that approach in a manner that will appeal to the modern techno selectors and collectors. In the case of the opening title track, it's the laser like bassline that pulses with kinetic energy with Allen wisely keeping the rhythmic elements to a minimum. The subsequent "EM26" is reminiscent of Something In The Sky era Mills, whilst "MH370" pairs morse code style bleeps with trimmed drum textures. Final track "Kepler" sees Allen unleash something approaching a brooding techno monster to round out a confident debut from this newcomer.
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