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.
Scottish producer Harvey McKay follows last year's release on Adam Bayer's label with this tough four-track EP. "Venom" and "Trick Baby" are indicative of McKay's tracky sound; the former revolves around tough tribal beats and insistent pulses while a repetitive vocal sample moves through the arrangement. "Trick Baby" meanwhile is a rolling, driving affair with a hard to decipher vocal snatch. The approach is more varied on "Kill Switch", as McKay drops stomping kicks and a more aggressive vocal, which seems to be saying 'f**k you'. Best of all is "The Cure"; here the beats are digital-sounding, but McKay fuses them with ravey stabs and a breathless diva to make an irresistible mixture of the old and new.