Boomkat Product Review:
Sheffield's techno soldiers march on with a new album for Soma records following up last years warmly recieved 'Radio Scarecrow' long player. 'Further Vexations' comes in quick succession after a long dry spell from the reorganised group and is loaded with direct dancefloor actions inspired by an intense gigging schedule. There's also a thread of political dissent running through the album, attempting to rouse some feelings regarding the government's ever encroaching policies on civil liberties, but we'll leave that for you to check in your own time. The dancing starts with '0093' using haunting sci-fi FX and spectral synthlines to build a powerful techno track, and continues to 'Phil: Becuase Ov, indeed' equally influenced by Kraftwerk and Surgeon, or the album's centrepiece 'CCTV Nation' with the crew casting their gaze back to Detroit with Rob Hood styled hi-hats and epic Millsian synths. The three-part 'Northern Electronic Soul' takes cues from extended Krautrock psycheouts combined with their bleeping steel city roots, and the final run of cuts sinks deep into a paranoid sci-fi vision of dystopian techno industrial soundscapes paying dues to Yorkshire finest from TG to CV. 'Further Vexations' is a well realised album that fans of darkside techno electronica and sharpened Techno will find a lot to revel in. Very highly recommended.