8/10 Brian Staff review, 23 November 2012
Impact-wise I’m unsure how I would react to ‘Science For A Better Life’ in a club. I love bits by both producers and this is very much the work of both Byetone and Alva Noto. See, I really dig Byetone’s stripped-down brittle techno and I like Alva Noto’s quieter modern classical-tinged stuff (The ‘For’ albums are totally lush). This however is quite oppressive and stark techno with an evil gurgling pitched-down vocal sample that sounds like it’s coming through a phone-line scrambler. The fierce printing machine style quasi-industrial beats are probably a bit hectic for me and strangely date the track a little in a way. Perhaps it is a homage to the earlier classic eras but to be honest this is more in the style of Wax Trax! circa early/mid ‘90s or West Yorkshire’s very own Vonn Trapp Family but created using cutting-edge equipment. It’s certainly solid gear with great dynamism and an aggressive fascia, just a little too gritty and blackened for right now for baby Brian.
Languishing on the other side is by far my most favoured track, that despite being another insistent thud-fest actually rushes me up to that next level I crave to reach. There’s the punishing, relentless hypnotic rhythm, some brutal compressed feedback-y scree and tons of cyber-style atmospherics. It’s a mad, full-on epic track and it feels thoroughly brutal yet completely invigorating. If you get delirious when listening to the likes of Ancient Methods like I do then ‘Forever New Frontiers’ is the track for you, what a techno bruiser!!!
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