Relative newcomer Vromm emerges from the fuggy bass mists, and does so on the perfect platform; ThirtyOne's remit and motifs fit the London-Italian's stripped-back, techno-influenced dynamics like a well-tailored suit. Each of these four entry cuts smoulder with groove magic and low end majesty; from the obese rolls of "Prototype" to the abyss-level space, carnal drums and dubbed flurries of "El Sol" via the trippier half-step switches of "Fields Of Vengeance", Vromm has created a winning mission statement. Let's hope we receive more on the regular.
Seriously otherworldly tear-out sounds to be heard on Vromm's gnarly lead cut "Lake Monster" - a track which sounds like swamp creatures gnawing on a fleshy carcass to the breakneck beats of Aphex Twin. "Motor Hell" is a skittery, half-stepping monster itself too, while for something linear "Nomad" delivers a darkly straight up groove. Then enter the doom lord rave of "Zombie". Is it Halloween already?
Spanish sound scientist Vromm returns to Critical exactly a year after his Binary EP with four more murky 6am soundtracks. On the fittingly-titled "Level Up" Rider is Vromm's heaven-made match as his smoky sermon wraps around a tubular 23rd century bass design that's so futuristic you'll start looking for your hoverboard. "B Movie" is every bit as grainy and discomforting as its name suggests while "Ashes Of Shame" reveals a more surging, cinematic and emotional side to Vromm's palette - especially when Agama's spine-melting vocals enter the fray mid-way. Looking for a track to soundtrack your future trip to Jupiter? Look no further than "Odisea". Happy travels.
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