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Boomkat Product Review:
Bold and quite brilliant debut album from Bristol's Hyetal. Following largely unmissable collaborations with Peverelist and Shortstuff for Punch Drunk and a handful of unique 12"s, 'Broadcast' pushes the parameters of dubstep to immerse in vivid VHS soundscapes equally inspired by the ebullient Midi-funk of Games, the tension of John Carpenter soundtracks and the blazing-heart pop of Prince. While the Purple influence has always been explicit in his twitchy, Linn-like drum sounds, it's the inspiration he draws from the others, in lieu of typical 'step memes, that makes this album an immense and quite unpredicted evolution. From the outset of 'Ritual' the mood is amped, pupils dilating to widescreen synth bursts and heart pumping to defibrillating bass. 'Diamond Island' appears next, kinda like a Burial-ized version of Games, before 'Phoenix' slips into gear with Outrun-ner arpeggiations pinned under smarting Linn cracks. 'Beach Scene' is our joint, like 'I Would Die 4 U' remade for the bassbin generation, while the three minute tension raiser 'The Chase' comes as close as Anton Maiovvi to that magical John Carpenter effect. Further in the tempos settle in for the ride, from the House clip of 'Searchlight' through dark, swaggering alley-funk on 'Dimepiece' and the urban gothic Electro-dub of 'Boneyard', depositing us at the Skull Disco-esque face-off 'Black Black Black', bookending the album with Alison Garner's breathy vox over dread drums and techy synth-pop surges. In one fell swoop Hyetal has seemingly tied up everything we love about the synth-wave revival, Dread dubstep and VHS horror atmospheres, making this an unmissable listen. Highly recommended!