Crash Recoil is Anthony Childs' first artist album as Surgeon in half a decade. During that time, some techno producers have embraced 'business' while others now limit their productivity to Instagram. Not so Childs. While grounded in the dense sound that is unmistakably Surgeon, its author says the album draws on disparate influences. The UK producer's love of industrial and noise surfaces on the grimy underbelly of "Metal Pig" and "Second Magnitude Stars", while a more visceral iteration is audible on the frazzled menace of "We Laugh And Clap At The Circus". In contrast, the angular framework he designs on "Leadership Contest" is every bit as hypnotic as vintage Robert Hood. Remaining in this field, "Subcultures" sees him conjure up a textured, haunting groove - it's Surgeon at his most atmospheric, but still powered by a tough electronic rhythm.
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