Reduced, purist techno.
As you might expect from someone whose favourite producers include Jeff Mills, Robert Hood and Regis, the sound is lean and subtle. But that's not to say Mantra lacks energy. You can imagine these tunes working on techno's biggest dance floors (Awakenings, Afterlife) while remaining classy enough for its headsiest DJs. A lot comes down to their structures. Like the music of Kr!z's heroes, they build up and down gradually, the introduction of a hi-hat or bleep enough to keep the energy ticking. Some tracks ("Mantra," "Salvation") use mini-breakdowns to boost the energy, but they never last more than a few seconds—and they never come with drum rolls or white noise. Even so, their slick production quality makes them particularly versatile. Following excellent EPs by François X and Skudge, it's been a great month for fans of techno's psychedelic side. Whether you're a DJ who hypnotises or bludgeons dance floors, Mantra is essential.