After the Kisses EP received massive play by diverse DJs (Michael Mayer, Hell, Trevor Jackson, Sven Vath, etc.), the insanity continues with the release of The Pong under Matthew Dear’s Audion alias.
“The Pong” is sheer dancefloor terror, all squelching horns and speaker cutting hats. With the trademark rising and falling action, as utilized in “Kisses”, Audion brings dancefloors to a mental place. Equally punishing and oddly funky, this is War Games techno, with enough hardstep grandeur for any big room. “Your Place Or Mine” approximates shufflebeat, with more terror in store. Featured in the sets of M-nus’s Magda, this song bends and warps into focus, it becomes a disorienting rhythmic burner. “The Dog” is another mindbender of a tune, featuring a seemingly undecipherable vocal phrase that struggles along in the stabby bass tide.
These unmistakable cuts are the newest moment from a radically unpredictable artist. Audion captures the zeitgeist of European techno but with an industrial, wild pitch palette that puts it solely in its own sphere.
“Don’t expect too many “Dog Days”-like vocal hooks from Matthew Dear’s Audion material as The Pong, much like the Kisses EP, is hard-core, acid-tinged techno. “The Pong” relentlessly tweaks morphing bleeps and writhing synths over a fulminating brew of ringing hi-hats and pounding bass drums. The somewhat more merciful “Your Place or Mine” begins laconically with a soft shufflestep until vaporous smears hypnotically strafe the rhythms and threaten to offset their regulated course. The least conventional piece, “The Dog” does in fact add a vocal element but as a submerged croak that Dear drags through cauldronesque murk of burbling bass lines and insectoid chatterings. Here’s hoping the upcoming Audion full-length is as radical as The Pong.” -Textura
Matthew Dear (aka Audion) is an electronic-music innovator, a globally recognized DJ and live performer, and the founder of acclaimed electronic dance-music label Spectral Sound (sister imprint to...check out Audion's page and other releases