Ital Tek – “Reflection Through Destruction” (Singles Going Steady)

Tension building never sounded so gracefully constructed.

Stephen Wyatt: Ital Tek’s future beat revolution peaks on “Reflection Through Destruction”, combining harsh noise, pensively melodic synth lines and sub bass undertones. Once the beat emerges, it lifts the cacophony into the paper thin atmosphere. Tension building never sounded so gracefully constructed. [9/10]

Pryor Stroud: Here, Ital Tek sharpens synths that were already jagged edges to begin with, and the effect is unnerving. It has an ominousness that looms but never breaks: the dubstep-warped bass threatens to charge at us, but stops short, enveloped by ’70s-era horror movie ambience. This is a prototype for something more intricate and imposing but, right now, it doesn’t create enough destruction to reflect anything worth your attention. [4/10]

Sarah Zupko: Ital Tek’s Hollowed is my favorite electronic album of the year thus far and this track shows why. Ital Tek builds fully formed worlds within his music, as all great composers do. [9/10]

Emmanuel Elone: This is some gritty electronic music. The distortion on it sounds like someone trying unsuccessfully to rev up their car, and some airy effects and notes behind the wall of noise only build upon the grandiose soundscape of the track. When the drop finally comes in, it hits hard, a bang that throbs and pounds the air before ending the song in the ripples of sounds that it leaves behind. “Reflections Through Destruction” is a monster of a song that doesn’t hold back until it finally explodes in a suicide of electronic bursts and heavy drops. It’s dark, disturbing, yet equally amazing and awe-inspiring. [7/10]

Dami Solebo: The industrial sounds make it somewhat challenging to listen to, but the pedestrian dubstep-esque contribution towards the end is significant. [6/10]

Chad Miller: Feels more like an interlude than a standalone track. Sounds promising, but it just doesn’t go far enough away from where it starts. [4/10]

Chris Ingalls: What impresses me most about this song is that it’s not trying to prove anything or sound like anything or anyone in particular. It’s aimless, and not in a bad way. Beginning appropriately with a synth that sounds like a drum roll and eventually weaves its way through the song like an engine low on some essential fluid, this plays out like a series of ideas that make up one brief, weird piece of music. [7/10]

Ital Tek’s new album Hollowed releases March 18th via Planet Mu.

SCORE: 6.57