Taken from Gary Beck's recent album, the "Algoreal" traces his progression as an artist. On the title track, the white noise led builds of yore are gone, replaced by eerie, Sandwell-esque pulses, hissing percussion and a throbbing, pulsing groove. The end result is ethereal and haunting but also hugely impactful. It's in stark contrast to "Naptha". There are some traces of Beck's minimal past, audible in the shredded, splintered percussion, but the most exciting element is the menacing, acid-soaked bassline that rears and surges like a Hydra with a bad dose of the flu. Angry techno rarely sounded so articulate.
Those who had Gary Beck down as a big room-minimal artist will probably get a shock when they hear Rascal. The title track is a slamming rhythmic affair, pounding and streamlined but also welling up to take in a series of churning chord sequences. It's a reminder that Beck is a diverse artist, something that becomes more apparent on "Video Siren"; there, a driving rhythm and stomping beats underpin a pitched down vocal loop that intones the track title, getting more and more hypnotic as it progresses. It's a million miles away from the fx-laden white noise bombast of big room mnml.
Gary Beck & Mark Broom - "Data Flux" - (5:49) 127 BPM
Space DJz - "Double Zero" - (6:15) 126 BPM
Gary Beck continues the fine Glasgow techno tradition pioneered by Rubadub and Slam on "Backward", the opening track on this split release. Tribal drums cascade over a rolling rhythm and in the middle of it all, a vocal sample morphs into a hypnotic Afro chant. "Data Flux", Beck's collaboration with techno veteran Mark Broom, is just as rewarding, only on this occasion, the kicks are tougher and more distorted. Bek 022 also gives a platform to new artists - with Hans Bouffmyhre & Kyle Geiger's "Inwards" delivering a flurry of tough kicks and ear-shredding sirens - and to seasoned artists the Space DJz, whose raucous "Double Zero" brings a distorted drum-led end to the release.