Vectors 3 2LP (Power Vacuum, 2017)February 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
The third release in Power Vacuum’s compilation series brings together 8 artists doing blasted-out, noisy analog techno, industrial and electro. The breakout star here is Pan Daijing, whose scud bomb “Very Uncomfortable, Please” is a true mind-obliterator and one of my favorite tracks of the year so far. Later in the release, Bintus remixes Daijing’s “Druid” into jittery, haunted techno with whipcrack beats and ghost-like wailing synths. Dr. Skime’s “RX7 Jams” is as bashed-out and lo-fi as its title suggest, basically sounding like several different sessions on a cheap drum machine smushed into one 8-minute track. Beau Wanzer’s track “Up Chuck’s” isn’t much more than a slippery uptempo beat which seems like it’s sweating. My longtime buddy Duran Duran Duran makes a surprise appearance with a hard, cracking electro track called “Drap Jam”. Not quite the same as his gonzo breakcore tracks from the early ’00s, but it’s still a major headrush. Another highlight is the trippy, sliced-and-shredded track by Opal Tapes’ Bleaching Agent.