At one time it was commonplace to wait a long while for a new Anodyne release to surface, but these days Colin Cloughley is hitting a more productive streak. This new album on leading Irish digital label Acroplane Recordings follows swiftly on from the IV LP for Offshoot Records, and it plunges further into crisp, electro-powered electronica with a distinctly dark edge. There are feistier moments such as the uptempo breakbeat roll of "Darkenergy", while the likes of "Crossed Swords" nestle into snaking configurations of glitchy percussion, but the album as a whole hangs together very cohesively indeed.
German electro artist Boyz Noize is back with a vengeance on this new full length which runs the whole the gamut from classic electro flavours right through to dirty tech house and even a bit of acid for good measure. Testament to his success are the rather interesting collaborations on offer with special guests such as long-time fan and Turbo boss Tiga teaming up on "808-Irag" for some seriously druggy dancefloor antics. "Openn" features the legendary Uwe Schmidt aka Atom TM where they venture into more experimental waters, naturally but will easily warp minds on the dancefloor, no problem. But it's "Spacer" with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs which is undoubtedly the highlight with its epic and soulful melancholia. All in all a brilliant effort and return to form for Alex Ridha.