• Exile - Pro Agonist

    Reviewed by The Wire, Sept. 05 (The Wire)

    <b> Exile </b> - Pro Agonist

    Tim Exile first had his mind blown apart by the blinding thrill of broken beats at the tender age of 12. Now twice that age, this electro-polymath has produced a fantastic debut album of mental drum 'n' bass acrobatics that frankly blows all other Planet Mu releases, including even those by label boss and splatterbeat pioneer Mike Paradinas, clean out of the water. There is not a second of this record that is not flat-out astonishing. Exile's command of his software is absolute, allowing him to cram each track to bursting point with wild technicolor trickery. Sure, the music's empty. Sure, it's all flash and no substance. But sometimes what's required is vulgar sensationalism, pure and simple. Listening to Pro Agonist is like going to the circus and discovering to your delight that it's all trapeze, highwire and human cannonball acts.. There are no clowns or horses under Exile's Big Top. Best track: the irresistably twisted drill 'n' easy of "Mushroom Santa".

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