Mount Age, Sinner DC’ second album and first for Ai Records, merges the sleek propulsion of Kompakt techno with Ghostly’ stylistic finesse. While the Geneva-based trio’ sound is as polished as its Ai counterparts, Sinner DC (Julien Amey, Steve Mamie, Manuel Bravo) opts for an atmospheric shoegaze-techno hybrid that distances it from its label kin. In â€œOn & Onâ€ and â€œLady March,â€ the group anchors songs with dub-techno beats, then builds multiple layers of blurry monotone vocals (sometimes vocodered), shuddering guitars, and wavering horn melodies overtop until tracks become dense masses of pumping electro-intensity. Representative of the trio’ style, the spectral opener â€œEverything Is Sandâ€ drapes aquatic piano chords, nosedive guitar swoops, and monotone murmurs over languid techno beats, while breathy vocals in the hypnotically looping â€œWintertownâ€ exude a David Gilmour-like softness. Deviating from the predominating style, â€œAfterlandâ€ merges Gas-styled orchestral ambient and Kraftwerk beats, after which â€œBabycatâ€ breaks from the aggressive attack with a submersive foray that glimmers with crystalline sparkle. Like last year’ Built In Anger by Confutatis (Bernhard Pucher), Mount Age is a departure of sorts for Ai yet a distinctive catalogue addition nevertheless.