Review: Brokntoys was one of the best electro labels to emerge before the current hype, and will be still going strong long after the bandwagon leaves town. This is all down to its enviable track record in releasing distinctive iterations of this style; Art 220 kick-starts this release with the spiky beats, drilling percussion and acid-gurgling riffs of "Meur Maei", while XY0815 and Int Main journey down a route sound-tracked by crunchy drums, a staccato rhythm and a tearing bass. On Obergman's "Chronostasis",spooky synths and steely drums are powered by surging low end, while The Jaffa Kid's superbly-named "Intergalactic War Trials" is a hypnotic slice of electronic malevolence.
Review: Since launching in 2013, London's Brokntoys imprint has released a number of fine EPs of mutant electro from the likes of Scape One, Rutherford and Marco Bernadi. Here, they drop a second split EP featuring similarly minded tracks from a variety of obscure artists. Crystal Maze kicks things off with the foreboding electronics, off-kilter techno rhythms and mind-melting acid lines of "Crossroad Blues", before Desz Williams goes in hard with the fiery electro beats, booming bottom end and eyes-closed chords of "Hand On Mouth". Flip for the alien-sounding, sci-fi techno pulse of Echo 106's brilliantly atmospheric "100m Splutter", and the distorted intelligent techno-meets-electro madness of The Pulse Projects' "Grounds".
Review: Mysterious hardware fetishist XY0815 recently pricked our consciousness via a fine contribution to Pulse Drift's Transmission Europa compilation. On this fine debut single, the man or woman of mystery makes good on that early promise. Perhaps what's most impressive is the variety on show. One minute, you're daydreaming of an unlikely collaboration between Kraftwerk and Pete Namlook ("Cygonic System"), the next casting glances towards the Motor City via the deep Drexciyan dive of "End of Your Orbit". The EP also includes a trip into psychedelic intelligent techno/electro fusion ("Octagon X"), a blissfully spacey ambient workout ("Lost Wires") and a punchy electro box jam ("Tool Matter"). A star is born.