Polar Inertia ‎– The Last Vehicle EP

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Dement3d Records ‎– DM3D003
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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): 112930 A1 JP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): 112930 B1 JP

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DM3D003 Polar Inertia The Last Vehicle EP(3xFile, ALAC, EP) Dement3d Records DM3D003 France 2015

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maroko

maroko

February 24, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

Involuntarily or not, with their debut release, "Indirect Light", Polar Inertia have paved a path of light which brings us to their sophmore effort, again on Dement3d Records, "The Last Vehicle" EP. The first time I heard about this act was when I saw them on the line up for the 2013 Weather Festival in Paris. Being totally consumed by the vast amount of other names attending, I kind of overlooked this, at the time, for me incognito project. Previewed the first EP, and went on... Fast forward to October 2013, I was in Berlin and found myself fortunate enough to witness a live performance of theirs. My interest suddenly sky rocketed. Simply put, the show rocked big time.

Structure wise, we follow the same format laid out on the previous one: a spoken word introductory interlude and two vigorous techno catalysts. The Last Vehicle picks up where the last interlude left off, meaning you'll get some more narration about telekinesis, the synchronization of dreams and travelling to the North Pole... Ready to take off?

What really grabbed my ear lobes here, though, was Major Axis. Of the approximately half a dozen tracks they have released thus far, this is the most grim one. Speaking of well measured progression. A tough, four to the floor thrust propels a harshly vivid, strident riff to the surface some two minutes deep, and from there on it's all enveloped in thick fog. Underpinned by an abundance of industrial side effects and supressed, restrained tonal passages under the radar's reach, the music impeccably marches on as the icy synth work steadily and unhastily unfolds itself before the listener. Another sinister, whispering riff is tossed in some five minutes down, and at this point the threadlike structure of the music brings out all compositional glory one could have ever hope for in techno. Layer upon layer, from high pitch squeals to industrial tones and percussion forged for your arm to engage in some serious windmill motion, this is in my book the epiphany of modern, sophisticated club techno. Major Axis is so dense it hurts, the production vaults are literary immaculate, I'd dare say almost impossible for someone who just got around to recording their second EP. It's fierce, it's industrial, it's complex and best of all it's true to basics techno you have all grown to adore. Not many tracks I have heard receive this accolade, but this is unquestionably an instant classic. Ten minutes deep, there isn't a segment where focus is lost, a milisecond where anything is misplaced, everything just falls right into its designated position.

Parallel Transport leans more towards the dubbed out, hazy spheres, thus retaining the sound aesthetic pursued on their first EP. Even longer than the previous one, through its twelve minutes, it does successfully break into realms of all sorts of deepness, but I cannot eschew the feeling that it lacks the split-second visceral impact of A2. Sure, that is arguably the point, to create balance and all, but Parallel Transport is a work you've heard hundreds of times over these last few years. Trippy, dubbed out techno that'll take you to oblivion nodding your head away to a steady, reflective beat. You could play an entire set of these tracks and this one would risk not getting noticed. Which, in all fairness and honesty, simply cannot be said about Major Axis. I probably dig Parallel Transport more than the lot of you whose collections are by now probably affluent with twelve minute pieces ornamented with white noise, industrial hiss and lush soundscapes gliding across the audio field. Well, you get more of that here. On its own, this one is a killer. If you liked "Indirect Light" as a whole, this will be right up your alley as well. Compared to its fierce counterpart, the waning of sheer energy set by Major Axis leaves one wanting more.

I was lucky enough, since I really caught on to this project a tad late, to still find this in a record shop, new and sealed. For me, the A side boasts one of the top ten techno tracks I've heard during the last 2-3 years, and that is no exaggeration. The sharp rhythms, the vertically ascending structure, with the burst-pulsed riff work as the icing on the cake, this is iron lung techno music. The tune is as intense as the former glorious techno aesthetic, yet it is unmistakably state of the art and up to the highest production standards. There just isn't a flaw I can find in it, and there isn't a tune as instantly recognizible either. While the B side is assuredly great, it isn't as unique. It's a brave step further away from the debut, making me recommend it all the more. Given you can find it, try your best to obtain a copy, Major Axis is just so worth it. A desert island track. This tune is like that diamond from the movie "Snatch": whoever comes in its vicinity will do just about anything to keep it!
theboon

theboon

July 20, 2012
The last one was up there for the best EP of 2011 and this one's even better! Just amazing