A-side "Atlas" melds devastating wads of bass to Resident Evil-esque panic strings and spine-tingling percussion the likes of which Henke is so skilled at dealing in. A meandering woodwind lead—unusually earthly by Monolake's standards—takes centre stage, howling and screeching as it plays off against the track's more heads-down elements, never quite settling and, as such, lending the whole thing a gripping, cinematic sense of tension. Skipping along at a healthy 140 BPM, "Atlas" will mix comfortably with your average Hotfulsh or Hessle ditty, but to call it dubstep (or whatever else) would be silly. It's simply dark, heart-stopping club music.
Max Bacharach, Resident Advisor 22 Jun 2009*** distributed by Hardwax ***