Lloyd Stellar / The Droid
RISE OF THE MACHINES
Pressed on 140 G Vinyl
An exciting debut collaboration between Erik Griffioen & Ben Evans, loaded with cutting edge electro and brimming with musicality and expert production.
Kicking off the release comes 'Rise Of The Machines', a quirky yet nuanced excursion which sets the pace, allowing it's nifty ricocheting sequences, slick 808s and tripped out ear candy to hit the clubs. 'Prisoners' features a wiggly bass led jam, plastered with synths and finished with a dash of vocoded vocals. The duos ability to illustrate a dense sonic picture is evident once again on 'Cell Block'. As intricate, razor-sharp drum programming holds the ship steady, ominous synths let the head wander before rich melancholic pads blast a sense of perspective and emotive depth. On the flip, 'Room And Pillar' grabs the bull by the horns with a tough and aggressive bassline driven banger. Shrieking, twisted synth FX are shattered across the track, keeping tension levels peaking - while TR808 rhythms cut through with military precision. 'The Neutral Zone' sucks us into a deep atmospheric orbit of blissful yet inquisitive FM synthesis, distant emotive pads and is fortified by warm stately bass tones. Rounding off the EP 'Coming Home' exhibits electro minimalism at its finest. It's an entangled, ever evolving musical conversation between bass and upper register synths leads, and filled with a sense of hope and optimism. Assisted by meticulous programmed electro drums reminiscent of the best of Schatraxx. [info sheet from distr.]