Their latest album is ‘Master’, and it nails that bleak aesthetic down even more harder. It’s almost entirely instrumental and deeply unsettling. Pressing play on the thudding, building rhythms of ‘Black Strategy’ or the fizzing pulse of ‘All Human Is Error’ is like suddenly finding yourself alone and tripping in an abandoned factory at 4am.
It’s not all ghosts in the dark, though: some of these tracks are aimed squarely at the dance floor, albeit at Torture Garden rather than Pacha. ‘Reaper’ (a soundtrack to a mashed-up version of Neil Marshall’s dystopian film ‘Doomsday’, which the band the band first performed in 2012) channels European EBM and The Prodigy, and when the vocoder kicks in on pitch-black disco track ‘Responder’, it sounds a bit like that Daft Punk/Aphex Twin collaboration that the world is still waiting for.
Notwithstanding a couple of weak points – a few tacky, dated-sounding soft synths and the occasional moment where the band push their aren’t-we-creepy agenda a little too hard – ‘Master’ is an impressive piece of work. Listen at your peril: you’re only a Chris Cunningham video away from a week of sleepless nights. Buy this album here
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