Since launching in 2013, London's Brokntoys imprint has released a number of fine EPs of mutant electro from the likes of Scape One, Rutherford and Marco Bernadi. Here, they drop a second split EP featuring similarly minded tracks from a variety of obscure artists. Crystal Maze kicks things off with the foreboding electronics, off-kilter techno rhythms and mind-melting acid lines of "Crossroad Blues", before Desz Williams goes in hard with the fiery electro beats, booming bottom end and eyes-closed chords of "Hand On Mouth". Flip for the alien-sounding, sci-fi techno pulse of Echo 106's brilliantly atmospheric "100m Splutter", and the distorted intelligent techno-meets-electro madness of The Pulse Projects' "Grounds".
UK electro hero Dez Williams follows up great recent releases on Bedouin, Earwiggle and his own Electronik Religion imprint with this stunner on Amsterdam based Shipwrec. It's buzzing analogue techno with a pinch of soul on "Balancing Act" but those expecting his darkside, Drexciyan derived electro needn't worry as "Reach The Void" surely proves. "Slave Driver" and "Dyre Strayt" are the kind of majestic and tunnelling techno workouts that fans of Jeff Mills' Axis would approve of. Things end in style with the epic acid techno stomper that is "Death Threat". Nice to see Williams back in top form.