Boomkat Product Review:
Returning to the fray with his first full LP in four years, 'Akilak' marks the welcome return of Percy X and The Separatists project - taking over at the point 'Where's The Music' let off with a cohesion that pushes things on a couple of notches. Combining a triptych of talent that starts with Percy X and trickles through the charcoal digitalis of Marco Bernadi and John Hospital, The Separatists make the kind of gnarled machine music that encapsulates the hinterland between Detroit's techno and electro heritage. Opening with 'Once In A Life', The Separatists present a bleak and dystopian of the future through a shimmering web of electronics that slowly parts to reveal a simple, yet evocative, melody. From here we're straight into the chugging tronics of the title track, wherein a precise beat is coaxed into the path of a sky-high 808 and swooping synths, before 'Exit Smiling' comes across like Radioactive Man on a sunny day. Elsewhere, 'Version 4' introduces some glitter to proceedings through a high-kicking shot of electro, 'Audiomer' is an initially calm flash of minimalism that crumbles into a pile up of epic proportions, whilst 'We Rock Spok' is a deep trawl through some inspiring techno territory. Unite!