Empire Of Illusion EP
UFO Inc Records
TBR: 1st March
Scratchy and energetic techno belongs with UFO Inc. Ellen Allien's label is more than happy to include the sounds of Alien Rain. Milton Bradley was the figure behind UFO002, which seems a distance away now, and the cosmic weatherman is back with four ripping new mixes. The EP delivers an artillery of experimental electro-funk that focusses on the sound of the underground.
Empire Of Illusion begins with a heavy kick and hat combination that's soon joined by a heavy sounding suction bass. Warbling tones then add new eerie harmonies as a revolving door of spiralling energy flies upward. Notches of brief amplitude break like releasing seeds as wholesome beats pound in a relentless barrage of power. Huge bass kicks like a throbbing motor as homogenous tone roars underneath. Vocal samples find a space to project while scratching beats tap and snap in a variety of chatty loops.
The next track begins with a fire of random drumming that merges with bass and rubbery kick. Tapping wooden sounds waver on varying angles as vocal samples interject with atmospheric and interesting phonics. Rhythmic pulses on a mix of voices and synths mingle with the persistent rhythm which relentlessly plunges onward with ferocious bass. Numbers Station seems to have fractioned up the beats into workable formulae which mirror themselves across tessellations of multiple.
Another throbbing bass and hat rhythm bursts into being. This time it's simplified with a steady fill that intrigues and entices. A scampering bass riff then unravels in multiple directions. This merges and warps as new sensations to the tone break free. Fast energetic drums work a path into the framework, the music speeds up and huge swells of tempo thrash forward in waves of breaking beat energy. The synthesiser rears up and then swoops down, revealing epic synth tones that swell and harmonise in powerful doses of techno fusion. Misery Business is an intense number that drips with rhythm and dancing impetus.
The EP ends with Alien Tool. A quick bass matches warping synths that tonally dance on electronic hotplates. A repeating motif forms like a gust of wind that roars through the built-up areas. Zaps and resonant tones scatter in random directions as the kick continues to coalesce and creep along. Dripping atmosphere echoes in sunken zones that reach at us from red-shifting velocities. Will we get there? A minimal and enchanting tone rich drool through damp rhythms and progressive beats captured by brief and sporadic uplifts of melody catches us as we drift into imagination.
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