Current Value has been part of the Critical family since releasing Binary, which was very techy, even by his standards. Then came Biocellulose, an album full of burnished dance floor slayers that had plenty for the hard-scene fans and neuro heads alike. It deftly balanced mystical, dream-like elements with snarling tear-outs, keeping listeners on their toes.
On Critical Presents Systems: 006, Current Value goes for a moodier sound. Atmospherics are pumped over the precision programming and crystalline percussion that define these tracks. It's admirable how cleanly the drum hits ricochet through the cinematic murk, but there's something wrong. There's a sense of melancholia in "Unthinkable," and "Subliminal" feels fuggy, but neither are convincing. "Stealth Ops," a collaboration with Signal, begins better, before weirdly melting away in the middle. Perhaps the problem is that 006 lacks extremes—it's a little too tame compared to Current Value's previous records. There are no sudden jolts or surprises, only the feeling that things haven't quite worked out.
B1 Stealth Ops feat. Signal