All good things come to an end, and Dave Huismans has decided that his A Made Up Sound label will go out on a high. Collecting all of the tracks from its nine releases in one place affords an opportunity to see how diverse the A Made Up Sound is - despite the fact that it largely operates within the jittery broken beat framework that the Dutch producer has made his own. From the noisy tones of "Havoc" Huismans navigates his way through the garage swing of "Crisis", the bleep techno-fuelled "Bygones" and the queasy bass of "Synrix". It's a fitting farewell to one of electronic music's most singular labels.
Not much is known about A001 except that he released an EP last year on Bas Mooy's label. This follow-up starts with "Isoptero" a rattling, rolling techno track that sounds like Shed on steroids. From there on in, the release gets more visceral; "Anglo" is a noisy, industrial stepper, powered by punishing subs and rickety drums, while on "Scotoma" the groove is straighter and more linear but the kicks are left in the red as banshees wail away in the background. "Amatho" is even more intense, with doubled up kicks underscoring the sound of a thousand metal rods being dropped down a concrete staircase.