Material Object’s Shimmers EP is an excellent techno release that is sonically full-bodied. Punishing kick drums are present throughout the recent Semantica Records release, but Material Object goes above and beyond in providing a wide array of samples. “Shimmer I” feels like it would be at home on Kompakt’s annual Pop Ambient releases and utilizes space-age sounds to subtly build to its crescendo. “Shimmer II” is more upfront with its techno credentials, hitting the listener with a droning bass synth; however, the track provides respite with a wandering string patch that makes the track feel more at home in a techno/house set as opposed to industrial. “Shimmer III” is the sparsest track and the one that feels most alien, as if all the musical elements have been filtered through an amorphous space gel. Material Object has produced a fine EP that is suitable for both the club and bedroom listening.
Recommended If You Like: Surgeon, Acronym, Northern Electronics
Recommended Tracks: 1 (Shimmer I), 2 (Shimmer II), 3 (Shimmer III)
Do Not Play: None
Written by Mike Van Esler on 10/08/2016