Gesloten Cirkel - Submit X 2LP (Murdercapital MX)
Will Lynch writes in Resident Advisor;
"Like Gesloten Cirkel's best past efforts ("Yamagic," "Twisted Balloon"), Submit X is pummeling, funky and coated in grease (Hard Wax called it "straight from the sewer"). But here the style is bolder than it was before. "Arrested Development" is built around a soaring heavy metal guitar lead. "Stakan," with its disaffected vocals and tinny, metronomic drums, sounds like an old darkwave 7-inch. Heard out of context, "Chatters" could be mistaken for something from the indie-synth band Broadcast.
And yet, despite all this stylistic promiscuity, Submit X is a storming techno record through and through. Ferocious rhythms have always been Gesloten Cirkel's strong point, and here the beats are more threatening than ever, thanks mostly to their electro-style syncopation. "Zombie Machine," "Vader" and "Arrested Development" barrel forth with the crazed gallop of a rabid animal. And then there's "Submit X," the album's title track and pièce de résistance, whose first 16 bars alone have some of the most thrilling techno drum patterns I've ever heard.
Vocal samples add streaks of color to these gravelly arrangements. On "Feat Liette," dusty loops from what sounds like a Russian pop oldie form an eerie counterpoint to a stomping acid house beat. On "Submit X," the words "thousand" and "X" are repeated ad infinitum in a beautifully cavernous robot voice, heaping melody and vivid texture onto an already unstoppable techno bomb. Submit X is a lot of things—fierce, catchy, brimming with personality. But most importantly, it's just an absurdly badass techno record."