The men machine

By DAVID DAY  |  June 29, 2007

Grasset would go on to cover Prince’s “Controversy” with XLover, but there’s little of the Purple One left to grease the gears of Motor. One of Unhuman’s more salient tracks, “20 Volts of Steel,” layers white noise over repetitive rhythmic refrains till it all sounds a bit malevolent. A very deliberate brand of stark minimalism is at work here. And it’s what makes Unhuman work so well. Black sums up, “You can take one or two elements and draw attention to them, because they are not fighting against a wall of noise. We don’t just press a button or use a drum loop. We take pride in coming up with unique rhythms and sounds and pushing the technology to its absolute maximum.”

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