BNB REVIEW: Oscar Mulero – Black Propaganda

Whereas his music used to revolve around powerful, big room techno sounds, Oscar Mulero has taken things in a different direction for his latest longplayer. Across nine tracks, the Madrid-born producer explores the deeper and darker territories of techno in which drones, dubby echoes and minimally structured industrial rhythms are in control. In other words, it’s all about sound design and atmosphere on this one.

The Dirt opens the album with layers of sub-bass and distorted digital noise, after which we get to hear the first rhythmic tracks of the album. Dub techno is being served on Instant Widespread Of The Dirt, while Disinformation sees Mulero briefly returning to his off-beat techno roots before re-entering the depths of spacey techno. Although each track is heavily coated in reverb and seemingly endless patterns, Oscar has managed to add several twists to every one of them, by which the album remains intriguing until the last second. One of the biggest tracks on Black Propaganda is To Convince For The Untruth, a track that transmits a great deal of atmosphere and is particularly strong in terms of sound design.

Our verdict:
Black Propaganda is a bit different than we’re used to hear from Señor Mulero, but fans of well-shaped industrial dub techno should definitely give it a listen. Two thumbs up.

Rating: 8.2/10
Label: Warm Up Recordings
Release date: June 11th, 2012

1. The Dirt
2. Instant Widespread Of The Dirt
3. Introducing Errors
4. Disinformation
5. To Convince For The Untruth
6. Intentionally False
7. Inaccurated Information
8. False Statements
9. Black Propaganda