Assembler hails from Denmark and does exactly what the project-name predicts: assemble elements from a surprising variety of (mainly electronic) music and blend them into something unique. It's electronic dance music but it's not house, it's not trance and it's not drum & bass. It's Assembler and he's damn good with vintage 80's & 90's synths, and probably with some other instruments as well. It's Kraftwerk meets Autechre and it's Chemical Brothers meets Merzbow.
'Cryptografics of Desire' is somewhat misguiding, being an industrial ambient track that could function as intro but is way too long to do that. This track gradually evolves, new sounds come in slowly, including some minimal percussion and a dubby bass line. Halfway through the track you feel that Assembler is up to something with this album but you can't put a finger on it.
But then it happens. 'Schizo-Exstatic I/O' begins like an old-school eurodance track but (luckily) turns into something completely different. Although there's a lot of typical techno and trance elements present, Assembler turns them into a strange, trippy piece of electronic music with quite a silent kickdrum. The result is somewhat alienating but actually quite brilliant. 'Neo Shanghai Mainframe' digs a bit into the dark ambient and downtempo scene while adding some oriental elements to the mix. This approach is somewhat repeated in closer 'Screensaver Hypnosis'
This far in reading the review you should have had a glimpse of the strange world Assembler dwells in. However, we're not done there. 'Hypercontinuum Chip' combines some very basic trip-hop with very experimental use of electronic percussion. Rearrange the sounds on this track and you could have a classic techno hit. But who needs hits when you can create other fantastic things, right? 'Virtual Viking Tears' returns the 'broken techno' elements from 'Schizo-Exstatic I/O', resulting in more electronic weirdness.
'Cybercaribbean Info-Meltdown' takes me back to the alternative techno scene of the nineties. For those who don't know: back then there was techno (which we all hated) and there was an alternative scene (who at least did something original with these grooveboxes). The Prodigy and Orbital emerged from that scene, 'nough said. So yes, in a way this could be a very early Orbital track but I'd rather compare it to some old Nova Zembla releases (google it).
So, did it work? Are you curious about this album now? If you are, or have ever been, into dance music, I suggest checking out this odd but great piece of work. There is still hope for the electronic scene, that's for sure. These musicians have not been, and will never be, beaten by the Guetta's, Aoki's and Tiesto's. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to play the album again and dance in solitude a little bit...