Review: Console Clone – 'Rewind Mankind'


An electronic music producer from the heart of the United Arab Emirates, Console Clone has proven himself to be a frontrunner in the chillwave scene. Showcasing just why he has become one of the most dynamic artists in the world of digital music, ‘Rewind Mankind’ arrives as his first major work, collating eleven of his most vibrant and impressive tracks to date.


Built on a distinct wave of polished production and electrifying atmospherics, ‘Rewind Mankind’ is laced with science fictions vibes, subtle references, and a wonderfully eclectic energy. It’s cinematic in its intensity, flooding the listener with 80’s sounds and laser-cut precision, blending together his own style with fast-paced, unrelenting, power. The title track is a purpose-built, synth-driven assault that perfectly captures Console Clone’s sound, while elsewhere on the album there is a treasure trove of obvious and subtle references.


‘The Video Dead’ is brought to life through the careful sampling of George A. Romero’s classic horror film, ‘Night of The Living Dead’, while ‘Electric Sheep’ is a clever nod to both Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi masterpiece and the Blade Runner films that rose from it. It’s a treasure trove of unpredictable structures, brazen melodies, and wonderfully fast-paced and diverse tracks. It’s hard to pinpoint Console Clone’s sound, but that’s the beauty within ‘Rewind Mankind’ – one moment you’re falling through streams of dark ambience and the next you’re spiralling through retroactive 80’s electronica. It’s original, powerful work, and a debut record that proves that Console Clone is the real deal.


You can stream and purchase ‘Rewind Mankind’ on Spotify, Amazon, and iTunes now.


Score: 8.5/10


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