Code - The Architect


This smooth and highly-refined album features an unusual blend of ambient techno, deep trance, and electro-industrial pop produced by Code, an obscure quartet from the UK. There is an obvious human touch to these compositions, and what vocals can be heard here are often whispered and always unobtrusive. The group cedes considerable airtime to the machines, constructing layered electronic soundscapes filled with warmth and nuance. On some level this sounds like Fluke or Underworld meets Kraftwerk, albeit with a greater degree of British reserve. Cities Part 4: Workers and The Grand Architect are obvious entry points for those who prefer a steady beat, but the spellbinding No Resistance is also worth a listen.


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