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Boomkat Product Review:
Bristol's Yokel follows 2020's Avon Terror Corps-released 'Smell of Deer' with a grubby set of EBM/industrial burners - one for fans of early Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Front 242 etc.
Yokel's a cult figure in the local scene, running the Plaque label as well as notching up notoriety for his freewheeling DJ sets and archive of unreleased productions. 'Grockle Vision' is his second solo release, and gives the rest of us a peep at his impulsive fusion of vintage drum machine programming and jerky sample chopping - a sound that's so accurately era-specific we'd be hard pressed to separate it from a Wax Trax! 12".
'A.S.V' kicks off the EP with a spliced drawl of saturated beatbox and rubbery TX-81z bass plucks. You know roundly where it's going from the first hit, but Yokel diverts the course using liberal dub seasoning and psychedelic, disembodied chorals. 'TKO' is even stronger, pitting a rolling Moroder-esque bassline against VHS-mangled synths and a reverb-drenched beat that's garnished with microsampled chants - it's like Pye Corner Audio reworking Front 242 and that's no bad thing. 'Getaway Scene (Escape From Zoggs)' is our fave, four minutes of pure B-movie slop, all unstable analog synths, bombastic, overcompressed drums and wobbly bass that sounds as if it's about to poke out of a nearby sewer.