And The Band Played On
Peder Mannerfelt rarely fails to bring the goods, and his latest missive for VOAM is as impressive as expected. Beginning with a titanic slab of percussion-laden Afro-techno (the frankly brilliant ‘Year of the Rats’), the Stockholm-based artist charges between sweaty, loose-limbed industrial techno (the charged-up, Test Dept-on-steroids heaviness of ‘Toms For Life’; buzzing, child-scaring insanity (the fuzzy intensity of ‘Squarewave to Heaven’); dystopian ambient soundscapes (the almost cinematic creepiness of ‘The Hudson Lament’); and skittish, sub-heavy, mind-altering electronica (bizarre-but-brilliant closing cut ‘Sail On Silverboy’). In other words, it’s another essential selection of clandestine club cuts and strange, sofa-bound treats from one of Sweden’s most reliable producers.
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