Skee Mask - Pool
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2021 Ratings: #18
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Chode
80
A philosophy I like to standby is that any piece of music with lyrics at the forefront should generally attempt to appeal to the mind and heart, whereas music devoid of lyrics, such as electronic music, should strive to reach deeper, immersing the listener into a whole different universe of the producers imagining, and, more importantly, be impassioned enough to touch the soul. It’s been upwards of six years since Skee Mask initially surfaced into the public eye and smoothly became one of ... read more
DCCXX
45
Nearly two hours of new material from Skee Mask sounds like a godsend for a much anticipated third album from the Compro producer who blew my mind in 2018 with a project so vast in scope and so effortless in execution. However, Pool hardly comes close to the amazingly cold textures of that album, instead utilising similar textures in frankly boring and uninteresting ways. The subtleties and nuance that seemed so perfectly arranged in the past feels haphazardly throw together, and with 18 tracks ... read more
Quilaiba
84
Skee Mask dropping 100 minutes of surprise music and it all being consistently excellent throughout is a fantasy that I didn't expect to be fulfilled yet here we are. There are too many great tracks to choose from here and while it's not as cohesive or conceptual as Compro I think it tops it in almost every other area. Some tracks are more primarily IDM based and some are orientated more to a straight drum and bass sound, but it seems that regardless of his approach Muller manages to come ... read more
AndrewK
85
A brainier and IDM-approved version of Compro. As if things couldn't get icier, Mask further dials the temperature counter-clockwise and shines a light on intricate drum patterns - the percussion on this record is pure production flex, astonishing use of space and movement. Pool is still vibey, although heaps less than Compro (and no worse for that, either). I'd imagine this works wonders on an underground dancefloor somewhere in Berlin.
EDIT: Aging gracefully. Stands tall above most IDM of ... read more
TruLad69
90
Some near perfect IDM, here. Amazing percussion and spacious energy mixed with genuine atmosphere and mood. Not an easy thing to accomplish and Skee Mask manages to deliver this for nearly two hours. The quality hardly ever slips.

Like the best electronic music this thing feels truly fluid and alive - almost as if working of it’s own instincts. No need for defined structures or perfect track orders when it all sounds this natural and good. Bangin’

Fav Track: Dolan Tours
Least ... read more
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Added on: May 7, 2021