Ukranian label Mutex have been plying their trade in high-quality techno since 2010, and now come forth with a full-bodied various artists EP that makes for an ideal summation of what the label is all about. Yan Cook brings a grainy set of textures to the fore on "99", but keeps the energy levels up with some crafty dynamics in the track to keep things moving. Mays has a clear love for dub techno chords, but the way they get deployed at syncopating intervals in the bar creates a wonderfully disorientating effect on "Rz". Things are more linear on Woo York's "Glory", but still the sound design and attention to detail on the driving chord lines and prominent drums make for a hooky track. Exploit is the more edgy of the choices on offer, as "2022" nags its way into a paranoid melodic loop built for uneasy moments on pitch black dancefloors.
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