Pole was operating in a style of music that was virtually timeless. Though wrought with elements that are themselves arguably dated, they were structured in such a way that they sounded undeniably modern. With Pole you get a German veteran, taking all the best parts of reggae and putting them into a setting that they were not intended for, but in which they seem to work incredibly well. There was no intense dancing at the MAC for this show, just many MUTEK patrons shuffling along in a slow Caribbean swagger.
Just when the proceedings seemed to be winding down to a psychedelic crawl, Pole threw in a serving of beautiful uptempo drum patterns and hefty, almost punishing bass that vibrated every surface in a 30-metre radius. It was a grumbling end to a show that was simultaneously playful, intriguing and creative.