With a particularly expressive, adventurous approach to sound design and abstract composition, Luke Younger's Helm project has matured gracefully over the past seven years. He reaches his sixth album, and second for PAN, in fine fettle, matching eerie patience with studio flamboyance in a balance that few manage to successfully achieve. Olympic Mess moves from cloying hypnotism on the aptly titled "I Exist In A Fog" to unsettlingly spacious tension on "Often Destroyed", but rarely do the tracks idle for too long in one place. It's a pitfall of so much noise and drone music that Younger has side-stepped with ease on his latest effort.
Samuel Kerridge has, by now, entered the UK techno elite thanks to several records on the likes of Regis' Downwards, the mighty Blueprint and Horizontal Ground, of course. His productions are fresh, forward-looking and don't rely on recycled ideas and strict 4/4 templates, which is why he's gone and started his own label along with Hayley Kerridge, the aptly named Contort. This latest 7" is number three in the catalogue; "Sonic Instruments Of War 01" is a raucous, slow-tempo jungle anthem with surrounding layers of noise and hardware feedback, while the second part, "Sonic Instruments Of War 02" scraps the beats and enters total oblivion thanks to an artillery of vicious, grey-scaled drones. Heavy stuff, both for the mind and the body.