Two years after Matias Aguayo released an album of spooky dance-rock with his band the Desdemonas, the Chilean-German producer seemed to change directions entirely with his fourth solo full-length. Support Alien Invasion is surprisingly devoid of Aguayo's playful, sensual vocals -- quite shocking coming from the man who released Ay Ay Ay, consisting mainly of improvisational-sounding vocal loops, a decade earlier. Instead, he places the focus on rhythms, particularly ones that are much more complex than the basic 4/4 thump often associated with techno and house.
11 years on, Matias Aguayo's decision to call out a lack of imagination in dance music's most dominant genre--minimal--still feels mad and inspired. On "Minimal," he accused the style of having "no balls," and told us, in typically rascally tones, that he wants to dance to a rhythm that's more nocturnal, profound and sensual. This all might have seemed like simple rabble-rousing if he hadn't gone on to spend the next decade working in opposition to safe grooves with such success.