The UK techno veteran twists and teases his machines to the point of exhaustion on Air Rage. "Move In Time" is a grimy rhythm that spews forth nightmarish, ghoulish riffs, but then leads into a spacey filter. "The Parade" is of a similar disposition, but it's the grungy beats and glitchy percussion that remain in focus. "Machine Funk" sees Sims deliver a more upfront, slamming approach, its tunnelling, filtered riff swirling above the terse metallic framework, while the title track takes the prize for most intense track. Powered by hissing percussion and propulsive drums, it's the grinding air raid siren that powers in overhead that makes it so memorable.
The latest release by Manic Brothers features music that is in stark contrast to the label's origins. The title track is a ghetto-style jacker that breaks down to the sound of sampled chants, while on a different tact, there's "Life After Life". Based on a rolling, dubby groove, its tranced out chords and buzzing bass are augmented by a building acidic undercurrent. "Voices" is in a similar vein, but is powered by rolling, relentless snares. Indeed, the only connection to the storming drums of Drumcode's past is on "Hidden History", where distorted kicks and dark chords are underscored by a humming bass. But the real story here is diversity, as evidenced by the deep but spiky rhythms of "Introduction" and "Morning Mass".