French techno star's second solo album

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The Hacker – Reves Mechaniques

Best known as the moody male half of reluctant electroclash pin-ups Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Michel Amato has always appeared happiest producing and DJing searing melodic electro. Hardly an innovator, on Reves Mechaniques Amato updates sounds and ideas developed by Detroit minimalists Dopplereffekt (“Sequenced Life”) and Belgian new-beaters Front 242 (“The Brutalist”). His old sparring partner Kittin graces “Masterplan”, a superbly curdled revision of their “Frank Sinatra”Euro-disco hit, while dreamy synth lullabies “Electronic Snowflakes”and “Sleeping Machines” reveal this rave stalwart’s romantic side. A well-rounded effort.