Boomkat Product Review:
96 Back stokes the spirit of braindance in a colourful and kinetic debut album of techno-ambient-electronica, featuring guest input from Happa, for Sheffield’s CPU stronghold
Smartly expanding on the styles showcased in his 2018 debut EP, the ‘Excitable, Girl’ album opens out 96 Back’s sound across multiple axes of inquiry rooted in the prism-pushing efforts of mid ‘90s Warp and Rephlex releases.
That means everything from OG SoYo bleep and Cornish acid to Detroit electro and Italian electronics get referenced in-the-mix, generating slippery mutant highlights across the board from the nippy clip and strobing arps of ‘Matryoshka’ and the joyous Italo-electro chuff-on ‘Excited, Boy’, thru the darkside electro burn of ‘Ghzel Tea’ and the glorious astral IDM projections of ‘Lezi’ with Happa, thru to the curved air of ‘Vennsate’, the curdled, mercurial flow of ‘Seize’, and the acrobatic complexities of the album’s lush title tune.
Anyone into the Analord series, DMX Krew, or µ-Ziq at his most melodic need to give this one a whirl.