Technimatic
Mirror Image


3.0
good

Review

by Will Robinson STAFF
March 22nd, 2013 | 11 replies


Release Date: 03/18/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gorgeous and excellent are not one and the same.

There comes a time when music becomes so generic that nothing can save it. No matter how beautiful the production, how well the lead singer can croon or snarl, or how catchy the music, the drab nature of the songwriting and implementation of the music overrides all positive qualities. Last year, this was most noticeable in Imagine Dragons' Night Visions, though a lesser version of this strict adherence to formula was also visible in albums like Enei's Machines and Feed Me's Escape From Electric Mountain, among others. No matter how fun and well-produced every song on each of these releases was, there was an overwhelming sameness and stringent following of genre tropes which cancelled out the good in these releases, resulting in three average albums which displayed a frustrating amount of potential. It's always sad to see music like this, when songs are so nice to listen to yet so damn average at the same time - this phenomenon happens all too often in music, as it always has, and it's very disappointing when it does.

Thankfully, Technimatic's Mirror Image EP isn't quite as generic as the music about which the above paragraph complains. Unfortunately, it's just a bit too far into the gray area between refreshingly good and painfully average for this reviewer's liking. Much like the aforementioned albums, the production is absolutely gorgeous. The well-respected British duo has always produced top-notch liquid drum & bass, both during their time as solo producers (Technicolour and Komatic) and during the brief period the two have been together, and this EP is no different from what their fans have probably been expecting. The title track demonstrates this to a T, as twinkling piano lines shimmer over a thumping bassline and pristine female vocals. Really, though, all the tracks here have the stellar production the duo is known for. From the beautiful synth notes of "The Unspoken" to the atmospheric brilliance of "Sheltered Storm," the whole release is a lush drum & bass soundscape, filled to the brim with dazzling chords. Unfortunately, therein lies the problem with Mirror Image. All four tracks stumble into the all-too-common liquid DnB trap of having similar structures and ideas which don't hold up well over the length of a full release. Every main section's main focus is a thundering bassline, and every song has similar vocals, piano chords, and drums. The drums are especially frustrating, as there is absolutely nothing special about them - they may as well have been ripped straight out of any other liquid song around. The synths are all too similar, the effects are all too familiar, and even the basslines seem EQed and utilized exactly the same way through every track.

I suppose that enjoying liquid drum & bass is always a struggle like this - finding the subtle beauty in songs that are at least superficially far too alike and appreciating all of the gorgeous elements that go into every song like these. However, as we saw with Naibu's Fall EP, there are ways to skirt around the formulaic nature of the genre and succeed. Technimatic, for all the razzle-dazzle their top-notch production shows, have not succeeded in a way that continues to be satisfying even after many listens. Though it's still a good EP (and thankfully not nearly as generic as Night Visions), Mirror Image simply fails to separate itself from all the other liquid out there. It's a bit disappointing, honestly, and it seems reasonable to have expected more from such a young and promising duo as these men. Unfortunately, these expectations were not met, and as a result Mirror Image was a good EP that could have been so much better.



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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Originally posted at www.muzikdizcovery.com, album streaming on Spotify.

bleh, nothing else to say about this. at least it's an EP and not an album or else it would get even more grating and samey.

Killerhit
March 22nd 2013


5254 Comments


This was a pretty potent review. Good job, sounds like something sh/tty

Jash
March 22nd 2013


4244 Comments


Oh wow I didn't know they came up with a name when they produced together now, I've heard a few of their collabs and I dug them so ill be checking this out. Good review man

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You'd probably enjoy it, just that liquid typically isn't my thing. Did you check out that Naibu EP yet?

Jash
March 22nd 2013


4244 Comments


It can become a pretty cookie cutter sound easily, but I've found plenty of liquid tracks I love that break the mold. I haven't checked it out yet but ill be sure to do so

ShitsofRain
July 6th 2014


5914 Comments


it fits well into friction's fabriclive mix ^^

Digging: Round One to Round Five - 1993-99 Main Street Records

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2014


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh shit totally forgot about this. should really listen to that fabriclive as it has a bunch of killer tracks

ShitsofRain
July 6th 2014


5914 Comments


it actually hooked me to listen to dnb

u listened to lenzman's LP and ivy lab's EP yet?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2014


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ivy Lab's EP is killer but I didn't know Lenzman's was out yet, been looking forward to that for months. Has it leaked?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2014


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh shit, didn't even realize it was released. Will dl when I'm not on my Chromebook

ShitsofRain
July 6th 2014


5914 Comments


dling now



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