Mikkel Metal - Victimizer
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Vicitimizer is the true full length debut from Danish producer Mikkel Metal. It's by no means his first entry, though, as he's long been releasing great 12" vinyl and last year the Echocord label compiled a slew of his earlier efforts into the very consistent Close Selection CD. Since that release, Metal (aka Mikkel Meldgaard) has kept himself busy, releasing more vinyl cuts on Kompakt. This newest release collects those and a batch of new material for another solid hour of dense atmospheric techno.

All the touchstones of his work to date haunt Victimizer, although there seems to be even more of a pop influence shining through (mostly through the use of subtle, vocodered vocals). "Memories" kicks off the disc with a hearty thump, a rumbling bassline, some warbly synthlines and cool, filtered vocals. "Rain" follows, and it's even more aggressive, powering along with heavy, slithering bass, quiet robotic vocals and a relentless beat.

Metal still has a healthy love of dub, and it's easy to hear on echo-heavy tracks like the lurching "Lurlun" and the outstanding album-titled "Victimizer," where he seems to pull together all the angles he works the best and turn in a dark and dirty vocoder-pop track that's one of the sexiest things I've heard in some time. Even though his tracks never crack with pure dancefloor, it's not hard to imagine writhing bodies grinding to burners like the powerful "Dorant." Basically, if I'd heard this release and had absolutely no information about it other than how it sounded, one of my first questions would have been whether it was on the Kompakt label or not. Given the consistent and high-quality output that the label has shown over the course of the past half-decade or so, let's just say that's definitely a compliment.

rating: 7.7510
Aaron Coleman 2006-03-16 21:23:36