Boomkat Product Review:
Simbiosi skin the 'floor to life with an uncanny and uncompromising debut album of noisy tech for Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune after appearing in their label boss Actress' DJ-Kicks mix.
Where too many producers pass off a lunk-headed lack of funk with paste-on noize, Italian duo Simbiosi are symptomatic of an Italian new wave who appreciate the need for nuance, oddness and dynamic within their personal brand of raw-ass brutality.
'Elements' runs 14 tracks of abrasive synthesis panel-beaten and weathered to resemble a future-proof take on vintage techno, hardcore and abstract electronic dance music that's clearly close to the heart of Actress, and also dovetails with the visceral creations of NPLGNN, I.B.M. or $hit & $hine.
Aside from 'Impari' it's all unreleased material, covering scorched ground between the Terminator II atmospheres of 'xxxxxxxx' and the cranky clangour of 'Huldra' to variously take in the blown-out breakbeat ardcore toil of 'Diamond Ac' and the La Peste-style speedcore bludgeon of 'Lights' interspersed with the crushed fonk of 'SRMN 909' and 'Zero''s writhing, opiated tone.
Almost needless to say, but it's well recommended to fans of Actress, NPLGNN, G.O.D. Shxcxchcxsh, Low Jack, Unknown Precept.