While the original State of the Union EP (featuring Matthew Dear, James T. Cotton, and Osborne) is a stunning showcase of Ann Arbor-based talent, the second installment offers a look at the current shape of underground techno in Montreal.Mainstay Deadbeat (~scape, Onitor) delivers a more upbeat and straightforward variation on his trademark dubscape sound with "Sleazy Skankin", allowing a kinetic, syncopated organ hit to guide the refrain, while Mike Shannon (Cynosure, Force Inc.) builds "Blind Love" around a bubbling chord structure and jacking, clattering rhythm. The Mole (Arbutus, Mutek_Rec) bases "Date" on a swinging, scratching beat, carefully morphing it as melodic elements are added with the greatest of subtlety for a lush piece of minimalism.With just these three tracks, one can understand why, though it may not be properly recognized as such, the electronic scene of Montreal is a major force in underground techno that only continues to grow.

State Of The Union 2 (Fist Of The North Star)

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