MIT are indeed a thinking man's electro outfit.
Damian Jones 2008
Electro bands seem to be exploding on both sides of the pond at the minute. Foals, MGMT, Friendly Fires, The Teenagers and now German techno whizz kids, MIT, have all burst onto the scene quicker than a Cristiano Ronaldo freekick since the turn of 2008. Hailing from the back streets of Berlin, Germany's latest electro trio list their influences as !!! (Chk Chk Chk), NEU! and Kraftwerk. Yet their debut album, Coda, leans far more heavily towards their Brooklyn peers rather than their '70s forefathers. Take opener Beispiel for instance. Despite its slow bass pulsing build up, it soon descends into a trademark !!!(Chk Chk Chk) tribal, thumping drum roll before it climaxes with a Rapture-esque twist in the vocals.
Sadly MIT deal out their strongest card far too early as Coda continuously struggles to match up to the heights of the album's stomping opener. But then the German threesome are not a chart-hugging, floor-filling disco outfit. In fact the electro trio take pride in doing quite the opposite.
Singing in their mother tongue for the most part, you'll be lucky to understand a word MIT are saying unless you're fluent in German. Admittedly this never stopped Kraftwerk or the likes of the Super Furry Animals. But Edi Danartono Winarni's screeching yelps do begin to irritate on the monotonous Gibt Es Denn Keine Anderen Gründe. You also feel a little cheated at times, particularly when certain tracks are virtually carbon copies of each other (Park, Coda).
On the flip side, MIT offer up the odd slab of techno genius. Witness Gebaut - a stabbing staple dance tune which opens like The Terminator theme wrestling with Space Invaders. It's moments like this which confirm that MIT are indeed a thinking man's electro outfit. So if you can be patient enough to listen beyond the grating vocals you might just discover a few treasures to behold here.