- Release Date 2015-11-20
- Label Mote Evolver
- Catalog MOTE045D
The leadoff track "High Rise" is an adrenalized and twitchy creation built around a shuddering bass riff and a cleverly corroded set of intense percussive hits, aided by elevator shaft ambience and what seem like eerily obscured vocal samples. In short, it's the perfect backing music for a very cautious trudge through a tower block presided over by unnamed and ominous forces. The follow-up "Low Flying Aircraft" is another strong take on this affective mix of anxiety and release; its motif of tactile 'slamming door' percussion and metallic accents making listeners envision a labyrinthine complex full of rigidly enforced secrets and classified information.
"Concrete Island" maintains the intensity level and dense urban atmosphere of the A-side, pooling together numerous snatches of white noise, audio grit and alarm buzzes to form a demanding sound environment in which some distant ethereal touches are the only respite from the well-organized attack. The closing "Day of Creation" dials down the tempo, but certainly not the creativity and the drama, as deceptively delicate bell tones and tranquil synth pads compete with a uniquely springy industrial rhythm and floor-shaking low-end frequencies.
For those who are curious to hear the sounds of urban overload and dark dreams compressed into one coherent and captivating release, Kamikaze Space Programme has delivered in a big way with this EP. Fueled by the sensibility that the here-and-now is as strange and unpredictable as any science fiction, this music won't disappoint anyone who still looks to techno as the music of new ideas.