Peak time techno tools from Australian upstart Roland Black of Sydney and drawing comparisons to the hard hitting cyclical sounds of experts like Phase and Marcel Fengler. It's all about second track "Run" which is rather impressive with its Millsian bleeps hovering over a driving arpeggiated groove. However "Waves" sounds almost like a tribute to Function's classic "Burn" from a few years ago, give it a listen. Finally "Mars At Dawn" gets all Robert Hood on you with its truly entrancing and loopy melody and naturally; backed by a full frontal clap attack! Nice one.
This Australian producer shares the name of the fabled drum machine, but this release offers so much more than bog standard beat tracks. "Saratoga" starts with dubby beats before Black lets loose with volleys of machine gun fire percussion and hypnotic pulses. The track eventually descends into a netherworld where eerie, nocturnal riffs and outer space blips and bleeps prevail. "Floored" offers a different perspective on Black's production style; a stepping rhythm and dense drums provide the basis for hoover stabs and spacey textures. Finally, "Deuce" brings the release to a close in an intense manner. Although the tempo is slower, the riffs are discordant and the miniature vocal snatches only serve to heighten the sense of unease.