When MRSK debuted on Rush Hour last year, it was with two hunks of throbbing, dubby techno that earned comparisons to fellow Swedes Skudge, who were themselves just starting to make waves around the same time. Now the mysterious Swedes have joined ranks together as part of Skudge's Skudge Presents series.
Make no mistake: this is pretty dark stuff, but something about the way "Twirl" sways in its ebullient, elliptical pattern feels playful, even in the face of the ominous bits of chords that coat its background. If the overcast "Twirl" is lighthearted, then "Pink Man" is basically the rapture, taking the melodic elements of "Close to Me" and stripping them back to Skudge-appropriate levels of heavily-veiled euphoria. "Pink Man" pivots around a distant vocal sample with a gleeful but rigid arpeggio (think Instra:mental's Resolution 653) whose high octaves sound totally out of place amidst all the grey. MRSK's moody techno stood out on Rush Hour last year and his efforts on Skudge are just as worthy of attention, proving that the not-so-prolific producer's 2010 stroke of finesse was not merely a one-off.
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Tracklist: MRSK - Twirl / Pinkman 01. Twirl