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Pete Swanson continues his foray into uncharted techno waters with this superb three track EP for Type. Immediately the title track takes the plunge into icy waters with the crunched and crinkled sounds of stuttering machines malfunctioning, gradually building until the groove emerges from the debris. All underpinned by a solid 4/4 kick it’s an exceptionally heady slab of filthy techno excellence that just seems to constantly grow and evolve, always on the brink of collapse. There’s a minor breakdown and then the beat slams back in, no fluffy messing about here.
The Prostyle (VIP) mix is a tad longer and even more scrunched up, warped, twisted and industrial sounding with many layers of creaks and crackle. This one has a fine liquid bubbling sound going on with a kick that feels a touch more brutal. This is a right old head masher! Bloody great and all. I can’t even begin to imagine what this would do to my brain on drugs, it’d probably give up and explode. Imagine that at a rave, loads of people dancing and then their nuts just blow up, like in that film scanners. Shit!
The rather amusingly titled ‘Do You Like Students?’ is somewhat of an epic, that builds and builds for ages creating a huge sense of anticipation while all manner of pulses, drones, strings and whatnot get together for another cranium molesting session. There’s almost so much going on it’s difficult to focus on any single element rather the sound as a whole. Then at around four and a half minutes the pummeling beats emerge and ecstasy is finally reached. It sounds like about three Source Experience tracks playing at the same time but somehow it’s not too much and it works.
I reckon this is Pete’s most successful set of tracks yet, working under this “post-techno” mode or whatever they’re calling it this week. An absolute cracker - Miss at your peril!
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