Reviewed this week
Kris Baha is a Melbournian and resident of local label and club night Power Station. On BAH 036 he presents some more EBM edit action - turning his hand at a certain Skinny Puppy underground classic from 1984 on "Lockdown". We're not exactly sure where he sourced the groove on "Relapse '83" from, but it comes off sounding like one of those obscure proto-techno tracks that Lovefingers would play. Ending with the savage junkyard beats of "Energy Theme". Baha had a fairly impressive year in 2017 with this release right here (finally getting a digital format) as well as one for top Berlin label Cocktail D'Amore.
The latest release on Power Vacuum comes from Oleka aka Dragan Lakic. Responsible for ear-shredding techno as Forest People, he now turns his attention to this intense side project. The title track revolves around insane, doubled up beats that push Lakic towards the edge of techno in a chaotic, stop-start manner. While "Thereoid" is a more dance floor friendly affair, it still sees Lakic deliver a stepping, broken rhythm that is underpinned by shredded beats, noisy riffs and a growling vocal that could come from Lucifer himself. "Hamartia" is just as brutal with the emerging producer underpinning noisy riffs with a more steady drum sequence. It's an intense, exhilarating release.