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Benjamin Vial

Empire/Back Control

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This Frenchman usually makes house and techno, but has been making adventures into beats and bass of late. 'Empire' is a bit foreboding like the Death Star, a burbling b-line burrowing its way into your synapses, and clinical, unyielding breaks giving it an unnerving edge. 'Back Control' uses steppier beats and sparse instrumentation, but it's Vandal who really nails this with a more rolling re-take, adding syncopated pads and a greater sense of drama. Flore adds some Balkan flourishes to her jaunty digi-gipsy revamp, the most fun of the lot.
7.5