French producer Maelstom released on labels like Zone before setting up RAAR. After a number of Eps on his his own platform, he takes the next step with his debut album. Eyes is very much an expansive work that is designed for home listening. While Maelstrom's dance floor approach can still be clearly heard on the punchy electro funk of "Woman Training For A Republican Militia", the industrial banger "Escaping from Malaga" and the surpising, minimal house infleunced "Hotel Florida, Room 108", the album largely focuses on the abstract and atmospheric. That said, Eyes is no easy listening experience; from the spaced out "The Murder Of Jose Robles" and "Throwing Grain Into Air" to the eerie synths and shrieks on the closer, "Snow Falls (Across the Border)" it is an intense ride.
Brothers John and Paul Healy are among the few techno artists who can truly claim to understand the term 'industrial'. The duo are from a small mining town in Wales, and have decided to remain there in the hope of nurturing their imperceptible sounds. They're up on RAAR for the label's fifth outing, starting off with the gargling sounds of "Quchtk", a boisterous electro-techno hybrid that's remixed by Bunker's own The Exaltics into a much colder, bleep-fuelled techno missile. "Death Robots Attack" is largely genreless, opting instead to travel at a monstrous speed, and to offer a psychedelic blend of bassy flavours. We also adore "Broken Synapse", a new and interesting way to approach the jungle domain...just like AFX has been doing for years.