Nik Colk Void's debut solo album is a slippery blacklight synth diary of limber cold-wave muscle, improvised warehouse techno and grizzled neo-no-wave slop. RIYL Raime, Suicide, Not Waving, Chris and Cosey.
As a member of Factory Floor, Kaito, Carter Tutti Void (with Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti) and NVPR (with Peter Rehberg), Void has been churning out music at an impressive rate over the last few years, so it's kinda surprising that 'Bucked Up Space' is her first time going it alone. The album developed slowly as she combined her love of beat-driven music with experience gleaned from live shows, growing from diaristic improvisations dubbed in her home studio. As the record took shape, Void took the sketches to a studio in Margate and began to arrange and compose them more vigorously. The result is a set of flickering electro/no-wave/techno experiments that straddle all the various aspects of her collaborations thus far.
The album starts strong with 'Interruption is Good', a cavernous Berlin-style minimal slammer packed out with industrial-strength gloomy gated kicks and swirling dissonant synths. Void refuses to stay rooted in one place for long though, 'Big Breather' is crunchy, fragmented electro, and 'Denma' morphs into ecstatic near-Krautrock territory, with acidic electronics and sizzling beatbox loops. 'Romke' meanwhile is all melodic analog squelch - think Analord with an extra post-pandemic bite. But Void saves the best for last: 'Oversized' is the most convincing track on the album, matching gruesome corroded guitar loops with edgy, squashed beats for a sound that's lodged between Suicide, Raime and Jesu. Really good.