Boomkat Product Review:
Torn ties together various aspects of his sound, from grey area techno to widescreen ambient tundra and nails D&B, for a powerful debut album proper with Samurai Music.
Also featuring guest input from Homemade Weapons, label boss Geoff Presha, and his collaborators from Vermisst, aka Sam KDC & Korse; ‘Borderline’ displays a full spectrum testament to Torn’s concentrated style of production and evocative atmospheric soundcraft since he emerged in 2015 via Cyclone Recordings. He’s not redesigning the wheel, but he is making it spin his own way, exerting adroit, heavy pressure in 12 parts of effortless darkside finesse built to raze the room and give it cold sweats.
To play favourites, we’re hard feeling the tear-out synth lashes and quaking bombast of ‘Unbridled’, and the tense Ruffhouse-style industrial parry of ‘The Fear’ really hits the mark, as do the martial D&B arts of ‘Bushido’ and the surgical precision of ‘Automaton Clock’, while he proves an adept collaborator with Presha on the insectoid scuttle ’n roll of ‘Fireball’, and likewise when squashing the darkside warehouse drama in the screwed, rictus body roll of ‘Onibi’ with his Vermisst pals, Sam KDC and Korse.