Matthew Dear never really caught my attention until he embarked on his techno side project, Audion.

I’m glad that I was hooked in, though! Ghostly International is a phenomenal and surprisingly diverse record label, so why wouldn’t I listen to Matthew Dear or Audion?

Dear’s returned to his roots with his latest release, Asa Breed, but that’s not to say that the techno sound and style of Audion has been drained from him. Indeed, the new release is more like a traditional pop record (most of the songs are around the 2-and-a-half-minute to three-minute mark), but it’s trancey, repetitive, almost … techno! “Fierce On Brain” is my favorite track, and definitely one of Dear’s more surprising tracks: it’s like a blending of kraut and techno or something. Very impressive.