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Boomkat Product Review:
Finally remastered and available on vinyl for the first time in 18 years, Surgeon's 'Balance' (1998) is a masterclass is tuffened, occultist Brummie techno. Upon original release, it was his 3rd album (following 'Communications' and 'Basictonalvocabulary'), and marked a subtle phase shift towards the kind of tripped-out, eldritch atmospheres we'd more readily associate with his peers such as Autechre or Coil, whilst still forging some of the most unyielding, infectious rhythms of golden era techno. The likes of 'Golden' with its arcing crest of eerie arpeggios, and the spine-creeping, beat-less zones of 'Dinah's Dream' reflect an air of technological fear and pre-millenial tension, whereas grooves such as 'Circles' and 'The Heath' deal in lip-bitingly sharp, latinate dynamics that can twist a room full of baying skinheads into a contortionist frenzy without resorting to base kick drum bludgeoning. Still deadly.