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  • Summary: Berlin's Stefan Betke (aka Pole) makes his debut for Mute with this 4-track disc, the first in a planned series of EPs.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  1. Betke masterfully manipulates space and echo. [25 Apr 2003, p.151]
  2. Pole’s familiar synth-hissing static has been removed but a chilled atmosphere remains, successfully transforming this release into four club-friendly tracks that will leave you feeling warmer than a glass of red wine.
  3. 80
    Skewed hip hop soundscapes with hints of slinky R&B that could even be described as DJ-friendly. [Jul 2003, p.124]
  4. The feel... is more relaxed, more organic, more approachable. [#230, p.69]
  5. There's no doubt that Betke hasn't lost his finesse in creating tracks, but after such a long hiatus, this EP is a little lacking in the excitement department.
  6. This is an interesting first step into new territory, a statement of intent.
  7. Beats and percussive effects are far more present and grounded in hip-hop as much as they are rooted in dub, which lend the tracks an organic touch never before present.

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