LONG PLAYER OF THE DAY: Pete Swanson, ‘Man With Potential’

The Artist/Album: Pete Swanson, Man With Potential (Type, 2011)

The Reason(s) Why We Can’t Stop Listening: Like Prurient without the post-hardcore howling and blood-stained poetry, Pete Swanson’s first wide release since Yellow Swans’ 2008 split is aimed at post-apocalyptic dance floors. Look past the producer’s avalanche of crumbled samples and arrhythmic wreckage, however, and you’ll find that Man With Potential isn’t just techno that terrifies. It’s actually quite melodic, like a malfunctioning arcade machine that can’t help but split out bit-crushed symphonies.

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