The latest release from Uwe Schmidt feels like being in the middle of an explosion. ‘Ground Loop 1’ starts with wave upon wave of chilling synths before a wiry, squelchy rhythm comes hurtling in. 'Ground Loop 2’ is more restrained, but not by much. Powered by a slinky, metallic rhythm, its dark bass pulses play host to synth builds that are so powerful to the point of being all-consuming.
The Exaltics usually specialises in deep, esoteric electro — which is why this release is so surprising. While 'The New Beginning' sees broken beats supporting waves of acid, it’s the stomping cyberpunk techno of 'Coroded' and 'Downwards' that marks a radical change of direction.
It’s been a while since either this label or Stingray have released material, so ‘Psychiatrist’ is a welcome return. In true Sherard Ingram form, the title track is a blistering, high-paced electro track, scattergun percussive volleys fired over hyperactive metal 808s as Stingray drops noisy, discordant riffs into the ether. ‘Strontium Dog 2’ is less pacey but just as intense, with waves of tough claps supporting insistent techno-bass pulses. It sounds like he never went away.
What do you think rave music created by the guy widely credited with creating the internet trend seapunk would sound like? Confused? Manic? Synthetic? Neon and set sail on a tide of crystalline pixels? Yeah, these four tracks are all that and more.