Minutes Unlimited returns with their latest EP Firewall Breach.
Following their recently released Splice sample pack, as well as the two EPs released earlier this year on YHS Records, Minutes Unlimited continue their momentum with Firewall Breach.
Opening with the dark arpeggios of Violation, Firewall Breach moves quickly into Gateway, a song whose title is announced by a computerized voice that has become the duo’s signature. Thumping rhythms knock cooly under the delayed and reverberating grain from echoing synthesizers. The soundtrack to a computer meltdown. Only a few minutes in and it’s obvious that Minutes continues to refine their sound and add a unique polish to their glitched out cyber-trap.
On Data, the EP’s first single, a distorted bass is punctuated by pulsating synth notes and driving drum patterns. With its mechanized percussion and dial-tone synth melody, Data has an early-era digital feel. In fact, Minutes Unlimited’s sound thus far could be defined as existing in the narrow pocket between analog and digital. Their lean approach to beat making manages to avoid the trappings of indulging solely in nostalgia, and instead plays off of the expectations of the genre by incorporating both new and vintage elements.
The EP rounds off with Warning, a song that begins as a more atmospheric cut before introducing a punchy synth line that morphs between driving bass line and euphoric lead melody.