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Mord Fustang, 9999 in 1 (Magic Trooper Records)




Mord Fustang, 9999 in 1 (Magic Trooper Records)
CD Reviews: January 15, 2015

01/15/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Mord Fustang, 9999 in 1 (Magic Trooper Records)

The sounds emanating from this rising Estonian producer’s laptop could be looked at as a next evolutionary step in the electro-house world, provided you’re using Deadmau5 as the current world champ. In interviews, this kid doesn’t necessarily have to profess his love for video games (“Press Start” is one song title), but I suppose it’s useful as a sanity check, since not everything on this LP is an ode to 8-bit architecture.  No, he’s no one-trick pony — “Skyward World” is a hypnotic, well-rounded EDM nod to the sounds of people like Orbital, short bursts of techno-diva heavy breathing swirling around in an interesting set of foggy velvet-rope beats. But yeah, overall the game here is nostalgia for old Nintendo cartridges, so even when he does utilize a traditional singer (Liinks, the only example on this record, puts in a bedroom-hair effort on “Pop”) and kicks up the beach vibe, one gets the sense his vintage Gameboy inspired some of it. A-Eric W. Saeger





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