Model 500 – Digital Solutions 2xLP – Metroplex

CS55631801ABIGJuan Atkins gets back in the driver’s seat for Model 500’s first album in 16 years. Digital Solutions features some additional production from “Mad” Mike Banks and instrumental guest appearances from Amp Fiddler and Andy G. Atkins lays out 9 diversified numbers in sharp-textured techno and electro form. Though certainly not a summarization, this record gives a glimpse into his versatility as a producer over the past 35 years.

The entire record is of course cloaked in an electro-futuristic motif. Many tracks, like “Electric Night” and “Standing in Tomorrow” (and the entire D-side,) touch upon the aesthetic of Metroplex’s Model 500 releases of the 1980’s. Meanwhile, “Encounter” and “Storm” seem to nod at influences picked up later in his career.

My pick out of this batch is the previously released “Control,” though the title track could also grow on you with its catchy off-kilter Sharevari-esque bass.

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