Max Cooper and Maotik

MUTEK 2014, montreal

Métropolis 31/05/2014

Hyper-prolific British techno producer Max Cooper has been doing the DJ rounds for over a decade, building a staunch fan base while releasing dozens of eclectic EPs, mixes and remixes (his enveloping retoolings range from synthpop outfit Hot Chip to avant-garde composer Michael Nyman) for adventurous labels such as Germany’s Traum Schallplatten. This once upon a time genetics researcher, split up with science and surrendered to searingly imaginative and nuanced bass music production. Known to work both the brain and body into a lather through the confluence of explosive synth loops and gorgeous, modern-classical melodies, Cooper has been steadily honing his craft with no formal music training. The oft-repeated comparisons to 2013 MUTEK alumni Jon Hopkins and Pantha du Prince aren’t so spaced out, as all three craft deeply emotive slow-burners that meld glitchy atmospherica with brain-pummeling rhythmic carnage. Human (2014), Cooper’s long awaited debut album, is an assured artistic statement that shifts from the unsettling to the exhilarating, with his varied interests converging for this seething musical exploration of “humans as biological machines, constrained by determinism.”


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