In the headlong rush to appropriate 90s techno narratives, the legacy of the broken beat sound has been largely forgotten. While Sahko and Tresor are considered fair game, it seems that Downwards and Oscar Mulero appear to be off limits. Slowly however, the situation is changing, as Perc's releases and now this split EP demonstrate. Tony Silver's "DL" delivers everything that this sound should -pummelling drums, jarring riffs and the kind bowel-quaking broken beats that would wake demons. Joton's "Green Mind" is of a similar persuasion, based on merciless drums and beats, but the end result is less claustrophobic and not as dense - like Regis but without the paranoia.
It's a tale of two sounds on this latest joint venture between Silver and Joton. Anery sees Silver do an impressive interpretation of late 90s Downwards/Blueprint techno; the insistent steely rhythms are pumping but contain an assured swagger and the searing industrial riffs are sure to tip it into the section of a DJ's box marked 'killer peak time techno'. By contrast, Joton's "Twelve" favours a more subtle approach. That's not to suggest that it's subdued, and the stripped back rhythm, robust bass and ice cool chords are reminiscent of London tech-house pioneer Gideon at his most understated and effective.