Giving naysayers a swift slap around the chops, Posthuman's latest EP is a flagrant example of why there's still a huge amount of vitality to electronica. Shot through with the underground grit that typifies the UK scene in particular, the four remixes commissioned all hit hard in their own ways. Nightwave turns out an insanely detailed and crafty stepper that morphs into a techno stomper by its climax. Kirk Degiorgio goes for a typically fulsome electro-techno cut, while Datasette plies an aquatic and displaced trade in rich sound design. That leaves it to The Host to clean up with a moody mulch of delay feedback and mean-tempered beats.
With so many people trying their hand at Chicago jack, it was only a matter of time before Posthuman aka Scottish duo Rich Bevan and Josh Doherty delivered their interpretation. Of course, given their uncompromising back catalogue, it is no surprise that "The Benz" is an intense affair, its dense, juttering rhythm made almost claustrophobic by a repetitive sample and insane sheets of acid rain. Ben Sims gives the track a more clubby focus on his version, dropping daggers of razor sharp percussion over clanging drums, while the Radioactive Man version is all shifting 808s, splurging bass pops and what could easily be the sound of an industrial toilet flushing in the background.
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