2methyl :: Etched (Agnost1k)

A definitive leftfield industrial avalanche, Etched is a textural bass and beat smorgasbord that pushes sounds of chaos to the edge.

Reminiscent of early Amon Tobin (ref. Supermodified on Ninja Tune, 2000—especially “Rhino Jockey”) minus the jazzy elements, here we see the talented French producer (Nicolas Druoton aka 2methyl) reveal Etched following his 2015 release for Ad Noiseam (Layer 8)—an industrial dub brew that still holds strong two years later. A plethora of brooding ideas stretched over 10-tracks, Etched teems with dark broken beats and heavily scorched bass. As one grasps the context of such a behemoth album, it buries itself in fractured electronics and thickly sliced detail. “Lost Frames” and “Germanium” are highlights—unfolding distorted rhythms and etched melodic strands, they unearth an inner beauty tucked away between the crevasses. Aggressive in other parts (ie. “Tech2” and “Rusted Teeth”), 2methyl relies on deconstructed spaces and low-end wobble to fill the audio voids. A definitive leftfield avalanche, Etched is a textural bass and beat smorgasbord that pushes sounds of chaos to the edge.

Etched is available on Agnost1k.

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