Charge is Ben Versluis' aka Worker/Parasite's second release for Barcelona label Classicworks - and it begins in somewhat incongruous fashion. "Alam Al-Mitha" is an acid-soaked, stepping affair and it's followed by "LDB-1 Tool". There, the 303s have been replaced with filtered riffs and steely drums. By the time he gets to "Bene Gesserit" the mood has darkened considerably, and that track resonates to stomping, distorted kicks and a more malevolent whiff of acid than before. However, not even "Gesserit" can compare to the high-octane, Woody McBride-style hard techno of "Crysknife" and the aptly-named "Distortx0x", with the latter raining down analogue chaos at 140bpm.
Ben Versluis wasn't joking when he named his latest Worker/Parasite missive. The title track consists of little more than a distorted drum track, covered in layers of grinding electronic noise and featuring some effective filters. "Squirm" is slightly more developed, with the US producer adding crisp hats and doubled-up claps to his gritty, tumbling drums. Versluis' approach makes it easier for those tasked with the remixes. Doc Sleep's version of the title track is more rolling and nefarious, with eerie pulses underpinning the heavy kicks, while the Funerals take on "Squirm" sees churning filters fused with tranced out chords for a malevolent but effective groove.