AnD's new album Social Decay expands on the Manchester duo's intense approach to techno, with nods to noise, industrial and drum & bass. This follows 2014's Cosmic Microwave Background, which also came out on Electric Deluxe. The production duo of Andrew Bowen and Dimitri Papoulidis excel at showing an aesthetic extremity and that it can be applied to any number of song forms. Here they present one of their most overwhelming and innovative efforts. The LP sidesteps current affairs in favour of broad concepts that could be applied to any point on the timeline of human struggle. From the jagged and angular power electronics of "Corrupt Structures' to the body bashing industrial noise of "Corrugated Windows" to the heroin grindcore of "Narcissism" or the deconstructed jungle of "Kepler" - this stuff certainly isn't for the faint of heart!
Is it justified to say that pretty much every release on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder is a total winner? We like to think so. Lapalux aka Stuart Howard returns to the mighty imprint with this new extended EP, a five-track voyage into the unknown, aptly names The End Of Industry. Where does it go from here? Are we destined to be slaves of AI into the distant future? These are the sorts of questions and visions that emanate from this striking piece of work. Vast landscapes of electronics paint a desolate yet rich picture of the future, and we're wondering why Lapalux wasn't called up to orchestrate some of the soundtrack from the Blade Runner 2049. Highly recommended.