Third Ear drops five cuts from MGUN (Manuel Gonzales). Harsh and abrasive, aching and reflective by turns, the grainy sound of this music creates an aura all its own as the sounds resonate and reverberate against each other in deliberately unpredictable ways.
Having first emerged on the Wild Oats release ‘Laygo My Faygo’ as part of NSNT PRJCT alongside Kyle Hall in 2010, Detroit’s Manuel Gonzales has gradually found his own voice. Resurfacing under the MGUN banner, Gonzales made an intensely rewarding full debut on Hall’s label with the cavernous deconstruction of techno that was ‘Harmnear’, and has subsequently struck alliances with some of the UK’s more interesting labels like Semtek’s Don’t Be Afraid who released ‘The Upstairs Apt EP’ and Will Bankhead’s The Trilogy Tapes with ‘The Near Future EP’.
On the A-side of his latest release ‘Extort’ is raw abrasive techno with subtle bass tunings and insistent skittering sonics rattling around the top of the soundscape. ‘Mean While’ inhabits the same environment but seems to be slightly removed from the havoc. Rather than the insistent banging of the ‘Extort’ groove, the kick drum seems constantly to be about to fall over, while the skittering becomes a kind of compressed chattering.
On the B-side ‘Fiber’ is Detroit Electro at its finest but sounding scorched and on fire. ‘Mask’ sets up a kind of dread hauled over clanking insistent beats before remarkably morphing into a suspended beauty somehow deferred, by only subtly changing the arrangement or the sounds used. Finally, ‘Taft’ is a version of ‘Fiber’, more dazzling and more assured, but like most of these tracks is cut off mercilessly and with brutal delay, destroying the groove without any warning for the hapless DJ not paying attention.
Mastered by Stefan Betke @ Scape Mastering, Berlin.
Title: Some Tracks
Label: Third Ear Recordings
Cat No,: 3EEP-2013_10
Release date: November 2013
Distribution: Clone (vinyl worldwide) Finetunes (digital worldwide)