Miskate is quickly becoming a necessary fixture in the techno universe, extending
musical boundaries and retaining a dancefloor sensibility on a consistent basis, while
imbuing her tracks with a unique brand of woozy, gauzy funk.
The title track, "Afterblaster," opens with a soliloquy of sorts - via telephone - that
continues in twisted and effected form throughout the track. A steady, midrange-heavy
bassline groups together a host of Miskate's own vocal blurps and boos, twangy hooks,
oak-filled percussion and nuanced production. Working everything around a handful
of elements - skillfully strewn and re-strewn throughout - Miskate keeps it minimal and
functional, while creating a highly detailed arrangement which holds endless ideas as
it shifts to and fro - as an anthemically quirky classic should.
A slightly different nod using similar techniques, the B side begins with "People Began Sequences." Resonating fuzz rides each measure of hissy found sound rhythm and edited versions of the song's namesake. Rumbles of catchy bass bars tumble, light bulbs bump, water splashes and furniture gets moved. The result is a carefully crafted micro-shaker.
The "Afterblaster" remix comes courtesy of a round-robin of saidsound and Nicholas
Sauser (hence, saidsauser). Part inspiration and part reinterpretation, it reworks the
original elements into a miniature, late-night version. Keeping the feel of the original
with the bass theme and re-shifted material, a new, subtly dub-inflected rhythm pops in
occasionally to offset the main percussion elements - turning this into a modern,
introverted techno tool.