Unique sound design from one of techno's leading artists.
It sounds like Roberts has discovered a new technique or has bought a key new module since the album last year. On "Many Many Pings" and "Gadget" it's as though he's used his voice to modulate or shape a patch, resulting in a distinctive blurring of man and machine. Speculation aside, though, both cuts are outrageously banging—very much Blawan but, once again, a subtly fresh angle. Ditto "Hapexil Rotator" and "Lox," the former because of its tightly coiled mix of good and evil, the latter due to its smart use of white noise and discordant synths. Many Many Pings covers a pleasing amount of ground, but everything is united by the crispy tonality and sonic hostility that Roberts has always been excited by. As we near ten years since he emerged on the scene, it's clearer more than ever that most other techno artists simply aren't trying as hard as he is to stand out.