SHXCXCHCXSH: Kongestion (Avian, 2022)

March 12, 2022 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

SHXCXCHCXSH: Kongestion

A rare pronounceable title from the inscrutable duo, this is somewhere in between ravey industrial techno and deconstructed club. Not all of it is totally beat-focused either; “Nges” starts out like a buzzing, motorized squeaky hinge for several minutes, then shoots off radioactive waves at intervals that seem planned but aren’t easy to predict. “Gest” is just a brutal mess of heavy thumps in cracked patterns, and buzzes, scuttles, and malfunctions. “Esti” seems to have a lot of the standard elements of a dance track, there’s an easily detectable rhythm, but it’s all so refracted and swarming and twisted out of place. “Tion” is another sideways rave anthem that hits with extra force and urgency, yet not the sort of hedonistic propulsion of most party-oriented techno. This is techno approached from several different angles, and through its own fractured logic, it works beautifully.

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