Review: Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell and David Sumner get together for the third instalment of their LSD series, and you can hear their collective experience from the get-go. It starts with the mysterious pinprick bleeps and hypnotic tribal rumble of "Process 10", an esoteric opener. The intensity levels ramp up quickly on "Process 11"; faster and more streamlined, it sees the experienced techno trio deliver a pounding but crafty workout that is sure to appeal in particular to fans of Slater's Planetary Assault Systems project. On "Process 12", a club-friendly approach is also used, but this time, it's the droning, hypnotic groove and jagged percussion of David Sumner's signature style that comes to the fore.
Review: This debut single from previously unseen outfit LSD is remarkable for a number of reasons, not least the fact that the trio is made up of legendary UK techno producers Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell and Dave Summer AKA Function. Given their collective history of making thumping, mind-altering techno, you'd expect Progress to be both heavy and trippy. That's certainly what you get from opener "Process 1", where psychedelic electronics and cascading, otherworldly noises rise above an armour-plated techno groove. They push the envelope even further on "Process 2", a track blessed with restless cymbal lines and weird, off-key electronics. In comparison, the similarly intense "Process 3" seems deep and woozy, though the incessant, 1990 style bleeps and "LFO" style synths guarantees a suitably hallucinogenic feel throughout.