The mysterious Mick Finesse drops a hefty dosage of broken, metallic-infused techno on the elusive Broken20 camp. A follow up to January's debut EP on Perc Trax, this latest release sees Finesse develop his hypnotic brand of warped beats and drones. "Concept Trauma" is a sparse, breakbeat fuelled number which will have your jaws clenched and head nodding; whilst "Mettle Debris" is a literal journey into grainy 4/4 textures and frenetic sounds. "The Ebb Of Crime" is the EP's standout piece, where a subtle, almost chimerical mixture of melodies transforms into a sludgy mass of sub bass levels and inconspicuous beat layouts. There's a fine selection of remixes to boot, with Cassegrain, TVO and Tengui Mettle Jacket reinterpreting the tracks without compromising Mick's creativity and grit on the originals.
Ali Wells has a knack of cultivating new talent and this release from US producer Mick Finesse showcases the Perc Trax owner's A&R skills. "Meltdown" kick-starts the release with a morunful death march that seeps into "Evacuation Route". Midway through this second track however, Finesse brings the arrangement up several notches, veering onto the dance floor with heavy claps, slamming kick drums and whiplash percussion. When the pummelling broken beats drop, the mayhem only becomes more intense. "Hatch 2A9"sees Finesse follow a more understated approach, with a mysterious, minimal rhythm prevailing, but soon enough, he's back in his comfort zone, with the juggernaut groove and shredded percussion of "Jettison". Pinion's version of "Movement", replete with screeching vocals and broken beats, completes this exemplary release.