Swedish techno duo SHXCXCHCXSH released their latest album Kongestion earlier this month, and it’s mostly brutal, terrifying listen: ominous and unforgiving, but also really, really good. Stio is the most ‘chilled’ track on there, but only because it’s devoid of the punishing drums employed elsewhere. It’s still deeply unsettling, but with just the merest hint of sunlight peeking through the gloom. I mean, just look at that photo of them. These guys are absolutely not fucking about.
Vatican Shadow has something of a penchant for long, enigmatic track titles – personal favourite: Boxes Were Wired to Batteries Then Loaded into a Brown Toyota Cargo Truck – so while Rehearsing For The Attack is positively breezy as far as names go, it’s an undoubted highlight from a catalogue that’s both extremely extensive and reliably excellent. Taken from this his latest LP Persian Pillars of the Gasoline Era (see?), it has the effect of being incredibly calming, despite the at times unnerving clanks and scrapes emerging from the glassy darkness.
HAAi has produced some of the most original, impactful records of recent memory, and Head Above The Parakeets is yet another incredible addition to one of the most consistently brilliant discographies in electronic music. As with much of her previous work it’s not afraid to take its time, but once it gets going its gritty, churning and propulsive, and there’s an incredible balance of raw power and subtle, beautiful melodic touches throughout: at once a banger and a tearjerker, and I absolutely love it.
Rasite is the final track on Vladislav Delay’s album Rakka which came out in February this year. A few brief digressions into fairly gentle ambient aside, it’s a incredibly intense LP packed full of white noise, industrial screeches and thunderous low-end. Rasite is probably the most full-on track on here: a punishing and cathartic end to a visceral listening experience. Happy Friday!