iota propels mutant techno into the future.
For a relatively new artist, iota has some impressive production skills. All the elements are finely chiselled and built to test a soundsystem. "Terminus" and "Cloudtek" distil electro and acid techno into stark forms. They were conceived after long nights out in Berlin and you can hear it in their sonic architecture and mind-bending details. The swampy, psy-inspired "Noxi" stands out as the most unpredictable of the three originals. But despite his production chops, iota's music—"Cloudtek" in particular—lacks some organic, human feeling and warmth. The snare in Reptant's remix brings a welcome rawness to an otherwise sanitized environment. Fellow Melbourne-based artist DBR cloaks "Noxi" in reverb and strings out the ideas into more experimental terrain.