Forgettable big-room techno.
Drought, the new EP by Monoloc, shows where Dystopian currently sits as a label. The title track's synths, channeling the so-called "neo-trance" sound championed by Afterlife and its surrounding artists, are its only distinctive element. Other than the quick tempo and hammering percussion, there's not much separating it from, say, a Denis Horvat track. "Inner Reduction" and "From The Method" are even more forgettable, cloaking broken rhythms in thick swathes of atmosphere, a familiar combination that's been diluting techno records for years. That leaves "Mufon," which is more club-friendly. Only this time the sound feels intentionally lo-fi, which means it won't work for most techno DJs. Drought is like a lot of big-room music: plenty of ambition, not much character.